Risk, Racial Disparity, and Outcomes Among Patients With Cancer and COVID-19 Infection

To the Editor We read with great interest the much-needed real-world analyses by Wang and colleagues demonstrating the increased propensity for individuals with a recent cancer diagnosis to be infected with COVID-19 and the remarkable racial disparity in health outcomes. The authors’ commendable use of electronic health records, which are less susceptible to reporting biases seen in registry-based analyses, also provides key estimates of hospitalization rates (48%) and mortality (15%) among patients with cancer and COVID-19. Given the inherent limitations of observational data to identify causative factors, policy makers must now determine the best course of action to help address this worrying epidemiologic finding.

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