Mortality rates are higher among most indigenous communities

The nature of coronavirus makes it an unprecedented disease for the entire human race, but its mortality rates are higher among most indigenous communities because of their adverse socioeconomic conditions, which increase their vulnerability to this new infectious agent.

It was quite striking to see how this pandemic has revived memories among native societies of devastating epidemics of the past.

This is especially true in the Americas, where the Amerindian population lost an estimated 90% of its original numbers due to the measles, smallpox and influenza outbreaks that these peoples have weathered over the course of their history.

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