CDC Report Highlights Disparity in Cases Among People of Color, Increase in Mental Health Challenges Among Adults

Headline Roundup August 14th, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on Friday; this week's report contained several important studies related to coronavirus pandemic. The report included a study in which 40 percent of adults said they struggled with mental health challenges and substance abuse, while 11 percent reported suicidal ideation. Another study from the MMWR revealed that Hispanic and black residents were disproportionately affected in coronavirus hotspots in June. The report also included several studies about COVID-19–associated Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), facility-wide coronavirus testing in nursing homes, and transmission of COVID-19 in patients receiving dialysis in nursing homes.

When reporting on the MMWR report, outlets from all sides of the political spectrum covered the high number of mental health struggles and suicide ideation among adults in June, while only left- and center-rated outlets reported on the disproportionate number of cases among people of color in coronavirus hotspots.

CDC Report Highlights Disparity in Cases Among People of Color, Increase in Mental Health Challenges Among Adults

From the Left
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The Covid-19 crisis has brought with it a mental health crisis in the United States, and new data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show just how broad the pandemic's impact on mental health might be.

A new CDC survey found that almost 41% of respondents are struggling with mental health issues stemming from the pandemic -- both related to the coronavirus pandemic itself and the measures put in place to contain it, including physical distancing and stay-at-home orders.

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From the Right
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The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting changes to American life, including business and school closures, canceling entertainment and sports venues, as well as lockdowns, are taking a toll on the mental health of young people.

In the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data released Thursday, more than one-quarter of American adults between the ages of 18 and 24 say they have thought about suicide in the last 30 days because of the coronavirus pandemic. For adults ages 25 to 44, that percentage is 16%.

The data also shows more...

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From the Center
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A high percentage of COVID-19 cases in hot spots are among people of color, particularly Hispanic and Black residents, according to a new analysis released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Among 79 counties identified as COVID-19 hot spots, 76 had a disproportionate number of cases among communities of color between February and June, according to the data released Friday.

The CDC said that another 126 counties were also considered hot spots, but those did not have enough racial data of COVID-19 cases to include in the...

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