Younger ages at risk of Covid-19 mortality in communities of color

Keith P. Klugman, Solomon Zewdu, Barbara E. Mahon, Scott F. Dowell, Padmini Srikantiah, Kayla F. Laserson, Jordan W. Tappero, Anita K. Zaidi, Trevor Mundel

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More than 85% of Covid-19 mortality in high income countries is among people 65 years of age or older. Recent disaggregated data from the UK and US show that minority communities have increased mortality among younger age groups and in South Africa initial data suggest that the majority of deaths from Covid-19 are under 65 years of age. These observations suggest significant potential for increased Covid-19 mortality among younger populations in Africa and South Asia and may impact age-based selection of high-risk groups eligible for a future vaccine.

Original languageEnglish
Article number69
JournalGates Open Research
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Africa
  • COVID-19
  • Communities of Color
  • Mortality
  • Youth


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