A recent survey is revealing how black people in the United States are reacting to the impact of the coronavirus when compared to their hispanic and white counterparts.

A new report was released by The Pew Research Center called, “Most Americans Say Coronavirus Outbreak Has Impacted Their Lives.” The report  compiled data from 11,537 participants between March 19 and March 24.

While results were categorized by factors like income, gender and religious beliefs, there was also some interesting data to come out about how black people have been dealing with COVID-19. Findings from the survey revealed that black people didn’t feel that their lives had changed significantly as much white or hispanic people who responded.

“More than four-in-ten white (45%) and Hispanic (47%) adults say [COVID-19] has changed their lives significantly, about a third of black adults (34%) say the same,” results from the study reveal.

Since people have been banned from eating in restaurants to maintain social distancing, people have had to rely on either solely cooking or ordering takeout food. However, data from this study reveals that black people have been ordering food slightly more than their white counterparts.

Still, Hispanic people are even more likely to order takeout.

“Hispanic adults (26%) are more likely than white (19%) and black (20%) adults to have used a food delivery service instead of going to a restaurant or grocery store as a result of the coronavirus outbreak,” the report states. “And while about a quarter of women (23%) say they have done this, about one-in-five men (19%) say the same. There are no notable differences by educational attainment, income, or whether people live in states with a high, medium or low number of coronavirus cases.” 

When it comes to childcare, this study reveals that there is a difference in the way white parents perceive their childcare experience for children under 12.  The majority of the white parents surveyed say staying home with children under 12 during this pandemic is not difficult.

“Black and Hispanic adults with children younger than 12 at home are more likely than white adults with children in the same age group to say handling child care responsibilities has been difficult for them during the outbreak: About four-in-ten black (38%) and Hispanic (40%) adults with young children say this, compared with 28% of their white counterparts,” the study reveals. “Still, majorities of at least six-in-ten in each group say it has been easy for them to handle child care responsibilities during this time.”

For more information about this survey, click here.


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