In the U.S., people of color on average have had younger ages of death from COVID than whites – and lower-income communities have been hardest hit. "Many of these deaths have come in people in the prime of life. As the U.S. approaches the grim milestone of 1 million deaths from COVID, the nation has yet to reckon with the effects of these losses," says Debra Furr-Holden, an epidemiologist at Michigan State University who has been studying the disparate effects of the pandemic.