Racial and ethnic minority groups with COVID-19 showed more severe infection on their chest x-rays compared to white/non-Hispanic patients, increasing their chances of dying from the virus, a new study shows.

Radiologists from Massachusetts General Hospital analyzed scans and data from more than 300 patients admitted to their system during the height of the outbreak. The findings—published Thursday in Radiology— align with emerging data that suggests underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities are bearing the brunt of the pandemic, which has now claimed nearly 138,000 American lives.

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