The New York Times recently published data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that described the demographics of people in the U.S. who have tested positive for COVID-19.
The complete dataset represents nearly 1.5 million patients, yet there are more than 3.5 million COVID-19 cases in the U.S. right now.
Based on the CDC data, The Times concluded that Latinos and Blacks are three times more likely to contract COVID-19 than their White neighbors, and nearly twice as likely to die from it.
But, because of these gaps in the data, we don’t have a full picture of what is going on across the U.S. The gaps in COVID-19 data are not unlike the gaps in our knowledge of breast cancer.
Tune in to this week’s In Case You Missed It to hear what these gaps have in common, why data is needed to make decisions about how we fight COVID-19, and how we can use data to eradicate breast cancer forever.