(HealthDay)—The socioeconomic characteristics associated with increased all-cause mortality due to the COVID-19 pandemic are described in a report published in the August issue of Health Affairs.
Sarah Miller, Ph.D., from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and colleagues estimated the changes in all-cause mortality due to the COVID-19 pandemic by socioeconomic characteristics and occupation among nonelderly U.S. adults. Large-scale, national survey data were linked to administrative mortality records.
The researchers found that adults living in correctional facilities or in health care-related group quarters, those without health insurance coverage, those with family incomes below the federal poverty level, and those in occupations with limited work-from-home options had the largest mortality increases. Mortality increases were higher among non-Hispanic Black than non-Hispanic White respondents for almost all subgroups. Among those with health insurance, those not living in group quarters, those with work-from-home options, and those in essential industries, Hispanic respondents experienced larger increases in mortality than non-Hispanic Whites. Occupations related to installation, maintenance, and repair and production experienced the largest mortality increases.
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