Non-black Latinos Spend More Time Outdoors and Have Lower COVID-19 Morbidity and Case Fatality Rates Than Non-Latinos

10 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2020 Last revised: 16 Apr 2020

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Alex Bäcker

Ab Inventio, The Invention Factory; QLess

Date Written: April 15, 2020

Abstract

African Americans have higher COVID-19 mortality rates than expected from population frequency. This effect increases with decreasing solar irradiance. Public health experts recently suggested Latinos’ morbidity is also higher, and that this is due to their inability to carry out social distancing at home and work. We tested this hypothesis by examining COVID-19 morbidity and confirmed case fatality rates (CFR) among white versus black Latinos, and among Latino and non-Latino whites, blacks, Asian and Native Americans in Georgia. The results showed people of Latino/Hispanic ethnicity exhibited significantly reduced rather than increased COVID-19 morbidity for all races but African American, and significantly reduced cCFR for all races. We show Latinos spend more time outdoors, consistent with a role of solar irradiance in COVID-19 prevention and treatment.

Keywords: COVID-19, coronavirus, morbidity, mortality, confirmed case fatality rate, CCFR, Latino, Hispanic, Black, African American, race, ethnicity, irradiance, outdoors, sun

Suggested Citation

Bäcker, Alex, Non-black Latinos Spend More Time Outdoors and Have Lower COVID-19 Morbidity and Case Fatality Rates Than Non-Latinos (April 15, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3576374 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3576374

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