MI CReSS Data Reports
Michigan COVID-19 Recovery Surveillance Study Data Report 2: Black-White Differences
in Access to Care, Recovery, and the Social Impact of COVID-19 - January 29, 2021
- Black COVID-19 survivors had a more severe disease course than White respondents.
More Black than White respondents reported severe or very severe symptoms (72.9% vs.
60.5%) or required an overnight hospital stay (45.4% vs. 27.9%).
- Black respondents reported poorer experiences than White respondents when attempting
to access COVID-19 care.
- 8.7% of Black respondents believed their experiences seeking healthcare were worse
than people from other races, while 18.9% of White respondents believed their experiences
were better than people from other races.
- 10.6% of Black respondents (vs. 1.6% of White respondents) reported that their COVID-19
testing or treatment made them feel emotionally upset due to how they were treated
based on their race.
- More Black respondents reported increased social stressors since the start of the
pandemic, with 25.6% being unable to pay important bills like mortgage, rent, or utilities
(vs. 10.3% of White respondents).
- More Black respondents (23.0%) were afraid to disclose their COVID-19 status to their
friends or family than White respondents (9.8%).
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