Black Americans make up 12.5% of the U.S. population but account for 22.4% of COVID-19 deaths: Shares of population vs. shares of COVID-19 deaths, by race
|Share of population (unweighted)||12.5%||60.4%|
|Share of population (weighted)||18.2%||41.4%|
|Share of COVID-19 deaths||22.4%||52.3%|
Notes: White refers to non-Hispanic whites, black refers to blacks alone. All shares are as of May 13, 2020. Shares of COVID-19 deaths are based on provisional death counts. Weighted population shares reflect the racial distribution of the geographic locations where COVID-19 outbreaks are occurring, and help to ascertain whether disproportionate deaths are occurring within certain racial groups.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Weekly State-Specific Data Updates.