The Relationship of Diabetes and COVID-19 – A Health Disparity

Published in Diabetes Complications, 2020 Volume 4 | Issue 1, May 2020

Featured in ASPPH Friday Letter— COVID-19 Coverage, May 15, 2020

Dr. Peggy Honoré, Professor, LSUHSC School of Public Health and School of Medicine collaborated with Dillard University’s Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center and College of Nursing on COVID-19 research focused on counties (parishes) in Georgia, Louisiana, and Michigan. Objectives of the research were to evaluate the number and rates of cases and deaths among racial minorities, identify the distribution of underlying conditions in COVID-19 cases and deaths, and to review the relationship of COVID-19 and diabetes. The study found that counties with high COVID-19 mortality rates were among Blacks and represented a mortality rate in this group Hi between 70.9% and 60.2%.  The prevalence of diabetes in these areas ranged from 14% to 10%. At the time of the research, the mortality rate in LA was 1.46 times greater than the U.S., four times higher than in GA, and 16% higher than MI.

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Citation: Peter J Fos, Peggy A Honoré, Katrina Kellum. The Relationship of Diabetes and COVID-19: A Health Disparity. Diabetes Complications. 2020; ISSN 2639-9326