More than 2,900 U.S. health care workers have died in the COVID-19 pandemic as of Dec. 23, a figure that is much higher than that reported by the government. That’s according to an analysis by Kaiser Health News and The Guardian newspaper, based in London.
The analysis found that the pandemic had killed 27 health care workers in Arkansas as of Dec. 23.
“Fatalities from the coronavirus have skewed young, with the majority of victims under age 60 in the cases for which there is age data,” the analysis says. “People of color have been disproportionately affected, accounting for about 65% of deaths in cases in which there is race and ethnicity data. After conducting interviews with relatives and friends of around 300 victims, KHN and The Guardian learned that one-third of the fatalities involved concerns over inadequate personal protective equipment.”
The analysis is part of “Lost on the Frontline,” a nine-month data and investigative project by KHN, an editorially independent program of the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation, based in San Francisco, and The Guardian to track every health care worker who dies of COVID-19.