1 in 5 Americans lost a loved one to Covid -19 - poll finds

About 1 in 5 Americans say they lost a loved one to Covid-19, according to a new poll, as Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the pandemic.

The poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that about 3 in 10 Americans are still worried about themselves or a family member being infected with the contagious bug.

The survey also shows that the virus devastated communities of color the most.

About 30 percent of African Americans, and Hispanics say they know a family member or close friend who died from the coronavirus, compared to 15 percent of white people, according to the AP-NORC poll.

When it comes to getting the Covid-19 vaccine, young adults, people without college degrees, and Republicans say they don’t plan on doing so, the survey says.

For communities of color, getting vaccinated has also become a struggle.

Sixteen percent of Black Americans and 15 percent of Hispanics say they’ve received at least one shot, compared to 26 percent of white people, data shows.

The new numbers come as the world mourned their loved ones on the one-year anniversary since the spread of the virus was declared a global pandemic.


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