72% of Americans Know Someone Killed or Hospitalized by Covid-19, Pew Poll Finds

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72% of Americans Know Someone Killed or Hospitalized by Covid-19, Pew Poll Finds
People hold up electric candles during a prayer vigil for victims of the covid-19 pandemic on October 19, 2020 in New York City.
People hold up electric candles during a prayer vigil for victims of the covid-19 pandemic on October 19, 2020 in New York City.
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Based on a large new Pew poll out today, about three-quarters of American adults know someone who has been hospitalized or killed by covid-19. Most Americans also believe that the pandemic remains a serious threat, though this belief appears to be influenced by people’s political affiliation, the poll suggests.

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The findings come from a new report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center. A nationally representative sample of over 10,000 Americans 18 and older were surveyed online in late August about a variety of topics related to the pandemic.

72% of participants said they personally knew someone who had died or been hospitalized by covid-19. But these rates were even higher for certain minority groups. 82% of Black respondents and 78% of Hispanic respondents said the same, compared to 70% of white and 64% of English-speaking Asian respondents, respectively. Both Black and Hispanic Americans have been disproportionately affected by covid-19, with substantially higher hospitalization and death rates than white and Asian Americans.

The results are in line with a CNN analysis out today, which estimates that one in 500 Americans have died from covid-19. At least 660,000 Americans officially have died—mere thousands away from the single largest official death toll ever caused by a pandemic in the U.S., the 1917-1918 flu. When taking excess deaths into account, however, covid-19 has long since passed that benchmark.