Stark health inequities across multiple racial and ethnic groups were identified in a new study co-authored by several KPSOM faculty members and researchers from Kaiser Permanente Southern California, including Drs. Ronald Navarro, Claudio Nau, Quyen Ngo-Metzger, Deborah Rohm Young, Shari Chevez, Navdeep Sangha, Branden Turner, and Sara Tartof.
Patients of color were slightly more likely to be tested, and to test positive or be diagnosed with COVID-19 than white patients. They were also substantially more likely to be hospitalized and to receive intensive care. Hispanic patients had the highest likelihood of being tested, and the highest risk of testing positive or being diagnosed with COVID-19 compared with white patients. Pacific Islander, Black or African American, and Asian patients had higher risks for severe COVID-19 outcomes than white patients.