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This story list is updated as of May 29, 2020.
Coronavirus Case Rates and Death Rates for Latinos in the United States
Coronavirus can affect anyone. Yet new data show that Latinos and other people of color are disproportionately affected, amid worsening historical inequities. What are the data really showing? (Update: 5/29/20)
Coronavirus Causing Horrific Job Loss, Stress for Latinos
The financial and health toll of the coronavirus outbreak has hit Latino Americans especially hard. 61% of Latinos report they or someone in their household experienced a job or wage loss due to coronavirus. Only 38% of white adults report the same. (5/19/20)
19 Ways to Ensure Health Equity for Latinos During (and After) COVID-19
We know the COVID-19 pandemic is worsening historical inequities, and disproportionately affecting and killing Latinos and other people of color. So what can we do? We need to both immediate focus to ease the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on Latinos and people of color, as well as long-term strides to address underlying inequities that are aggravated during this time. (Update: 5/28/20)
10 Steps to Boost Mental Health Services for Latino Immigrants amid DACA, COVID-19
Life as a Latino immigrant is stressful. Who is looking out for the mental health of Latino immigrants? Informed Immigrant, Immigrants Rising, and FWD.us have a 10-step guide to help mental health care providers respond to the distress of immigrants whose status is in flux due to ongoing changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, amid coronavirus. (5/5/20)
What All Latinos Need to Know about Coronavirus
The current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is gripping most of the world. The number of afflicted continues to rise, including Latinos and Hispanics. Here’s what you need to know. (Update: 5/26/20)
El Coronavirus: Todo Lo Que Deben De Saber Los Latinos y Como Prepararse
A fines del año pasado, un nuevo virus broto en Wuhan, China: esta enfermedad, ahora conocida como COVID-19 (tambien llamada coronavirus), se ha extendido por todo el mundo. Está presente en casi todos los continentes, y el número de casos segue aumentando y afectando incluso a muchos latinos y hispanos. (3/19/20)
Are Latinos More Exposed to Coronavirus? Left Out of Testing, Treatment, Social Distancing?
COVID-19 can affect anyone. But, in reality, it’s worsening the health and social inequities facing U.S. Latinos. Now the pandemic is raising fears of racial/ethnic and income disparities in coronavirus exposure, testing, prevention via social distancing, and treatment. (4/7/20)
7 Reasons to Push for Paid Sick Leave Policies for During and Post-Pandemic
Without paid sick leave, too many Latinos are forced to choose between financial security and health. After all, just a few days of lost pay due to illness is the same as losing an entire month’s worth of groceries for some families, which fare worse during a pandemic like COVID-19. We need paid sick leave. (5/13/20)
Start ‘Handle With Care’ to Help Kids Who Face Trauma, Even If Schools Are Closed!
Help students who are exposed to trauma get emotional, academic support—even when school is closed—with the Salud America! Handle With Care Action Pack with coaching. “Handle With Care” is notification system where police alert schools when kids are at a traumatic scene, enabling schools to support these kids, even virtually while school is closed.(5/7/20)
How San Antonio Schools Continue “Handle With Care” for Kids Amid Coronavirus
Over the past few years, dozens of U.S. schools launched the Handle With Care program. For the program, police alert school leaders when they encounter a child at a traumatic scene (like domestic violence), so schools are prepared to keep an eye on the student and provide support or services. But now schools are closed due to coronavirus. How are these schools adapting the Handle With Care program and maintaining meaningful connections with students in the face of school closures? (4/7/20)
Tell City Leaders: Open Streets for More Walking, Biking during Coronavirus!
Social distancing is hard when so many more people are using sidewalks, trails, and parks. That’s where open streets can help. Open streets, which close streets to vehicle traffic, create more outdoor space for people to walk, bike, roll, and stay active and socially distant during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sign a petition by the Rails to Trails Conservancy to urge local leaders to close select streets to car traffic, and open them for human activity during this global pandemic! (4/10/20)
Bicyclist’s Petition to Open Streets to People in Philadelphia During Coronavirus Crisis
Randy LoBasso is pushing to make bicycling safer and more equitable in Philadelphia. But, as COVID-19 shut down businesses and schools, the bike-as-transportation enthusiast found people crowding local bike trails and making it hard to practice social/physical distancing. So LoBasso led an open streets petition and got the city to close a major street to cars, and open it for people walking, biking, and rolling. And he’s not stopping there. (4/9/20)
Coronavirus Highlights Inequities Impacting Latinos, Communities of Color
Statistics go to show that Latino communities of color face a rampant and widespread lack of access to quality healthcare. In the coronavirus outbreak, those disadvantages are worse than ever. (3/18/20)
What the New Coronavirus Law Means for Paid Sick Leave, Family Leave
For the 27% of the U.S. private workforce with no paid sick leave, staying home during the coronavirus pandemic isn’t an option. That’s why a form of paid sick leave and family/childcare leave are part of a new $100 billion relief law, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which also includes nutrition aid, unemployment health insurance, and free COVID-19 testing. (3/19/20)
Latinos, Disadvantaged Groups Bear Burden of the Economic Fallout
As American markets reel from the COVID-19 pandemic, people of color and other groups facing systemic injustice are experiencing the harshest consequences of this financial disaster. More than 33.5 million people have filed for unemployment in the past four weeks since the spread of the current novel coronavirus hit the U.S. (Update: 5/7/20)
$2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Helps Airlines Over Transit, Corporations Over Workers
As families practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19 and as governments close non-essential businesses, employees are losing their jobs and transit is losing ridership. Many of these are low-wage workers in service industries with little savings to get through a recession. (3/23/20)
Latinos Keep Getting Left Out of Coronavirus Relief Packages
The recently passed $484 billion coronavirus-related stimulus package will give millions of Americans and U.S. businesses with economic relief, in combination with past relief legislation. But disadvantaged groups—such as Latinos—aren’t receiving an equitable share. (4/30/20)
Undocumented Residents Left Out of Stimulus Aide
Millions of unauthorized, taxpaying immigrants will not receive any financial support from the U.S. government through its recent stimulus package. With discussions of another relief package in full swing, activists, civic leaders say that immigrants and their families deserve much-needed relief. (5/7/20)
What Cancer Patients Need to Know about COVID-19
Cancer patients are at higher risk for the new coronavirus COVID-19, as well as more severe outcomes of the diseases, than those without cancer, health experts say. What does this mean for your cancer journey? (3/24/20)
How Does Coronavirus Impact People with Cancer, Diabetes, and Heart Disease?
The spread of coronavirus, COVID-19, is now a global pandemic. Health officials are working tirelessly to inform the public. What is still scary? This disease impacts those with underlying conditions more significantly, especially Latinos who suffer vast health disparities. (3/23/20)
Gracias to the Latina Nursing Student Who Invented Hand Sanitizer
In 1966, nursing student, Lupe Hernandez, realized alcohol in gel form could be an effective way to clean hands when soap and water weren’t available. So she called an inventions hotline to learn about patenting hand sanitizer. (3/20/20)
Is Secondhand Smoke and Thirdhand Smoke Linked to Coronavirus Transmission?
Researchers are worried about COVID-19 transmission from asymptomatic-but-infected smokers and vapers to others in their household via secondhand and thirdhand smoke and aerosol. Let’s explore what this means. (5/22/20)
The Truth about Smoking and Your Risk of Coronavirus
Three recent European studies are making bold claims and generating sensational media headlines—like “Smokers seem less likely than non-smokers to fall ill with covid-19.” But does the science support these studies? No, according to many health experts. (5/21/20)
Health Experts: Coronavirus Risk Increased by Smoking, Vaping
Smoking and vaping weakens the function of the lungs and could leave people more susceptible to coronavirus (COVID-19), public health experts say. Serious consequences of COVID-19 is worrisome for those with weak lung or immune systems. Basically, this means now is a good time to quit smoking. (3/13/20)
Coronavirus Care: Amazing Acts of Kindness during a Pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic is causing fear and hoarding of groceries. But, even amid an unusual disease outbreak, people and organizations are showing that kindness is instrumental in caring for people and promoting survival and health equity in tough times. (Update: 5/4/20)
Neighbors Create Mutual Aid Network to Help Neighbors with Groceries, Care
How is your neighbor doing during the coronavirus pandemic? Some neighbors saw their neighbors lose jobs, with no money for bills or groceries. They saw college students and non-English speakers get no support. They each wanted to help their neighbors. So, together, they helped create Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville (MAMAS), an on-the-fly mix of multilingual online documents, Google maps, social media, and text-message threads where neighbors can offer to help, and/or ask for help with grocery deliveries, filing for unemployment, emotional support, and more. (5/4/20)
How Coronavirus Is Crippling Rural Health Care, Especially for Latinos
The coronavirus pandemic is weakening the already-fragile rural health care safety net, and endangering health of rural residents, according to public health experts at the National Rural Health Association. (3/20/20)
Coronavirus Complicates Homelessness, Which Could Rise 45%
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on homelessness. People who experience homelessness are transient. That makes it harder to detect, track, and prevent disease transmission, and treat those who need care. Now some experts say rising unemployment could spark a 45% rise in homelessness by the end of 2020. (5/15/20)
Coronavirus Is Worsening Food Insecurity for Latinos
The coronavirus outbreak is making it harder for Latino and other families to get enough food to feed their families, a condition also called food insecurity. People are stocking up on groceries and buying online in hopes of hunkering down and limiting social interactions, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. But families who rely on nutrition aid can’t stock up. They also can’t buy online. (3/25/20)
Report: Increasing SNAP Benefits Only Helps the Economy
Food stamps began in America during another national crisis, the Great Depression — now, during the coronavirus pandemic, government programs are advocating for expansion. But the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is under increasing attack from the USDA under the Trump Administration. (Update: 5/14/20)
Eric Cooper: How San Antonio Food Bank Feeds People Amid Coronavirus
Eric Cooper knows what it’s like to depend on public assistance programs. He grew up in a low-income family, relying on free school meals and food assistance to get enough food to eat. Today, as CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank, Cooper helps families like his. And with rising amounts of food insecurity amid the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, he led the Food Bank to orchestrate a whole new way of operating. An army of volunteers has stepped up to meet the needs of so many, by working in back-to-bacK shifts and implementing new strategies, such as drive-through pickup lines or COVID-19 preparation kits. (5/14/20)
Chef, Food Advocate Team Up to Serve Free, No-Questions-Asked Red Beans and Rice
Jenn Yates is an advocate who usually pushes for healthier school food in Arlington, Virginia (15.8% Latino). David Guas is a chef who usually is feeding people. These days, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Yates and Guas are a dynamic duo that provides free meals to vulnerable families to prevent hunger while schools and restaurants are closed. (4/1/20)
This Latina Wants Leaders to Prioritize Childcare When Reopening after Lockdown
Without childcare, going back to work after the coronavirus lockdown is not an option for many families. But many city and state leaders are overlooking this childcare dilemma as they push to reopen businesses, even while schools remain closed amid the pandemic. That’s why Melinda Lopez is speaking up (5/18/20)
Latino Workers Are Hit Hardest by COVID-19 Pandemic
Coronavirus does not discriminate. But experts warn that COVID-19 will cause more suffering among U.S. Black and Latino workers, due to societal inequities shaped by structural racism and low-paying jobs with no chance of telework. Why is this? (Update: 4/23/20)
Does Pollution and Poor Air Quality Raise the Risk of Coronavirus?
While there is no direct link between pollution and the risk of developing COVID-19, yet, studies have shown that poor air quality can raise one’s susceptibility to disease. Worse, high rates of toxic exposure can lead to poorer outcomes of those illnesses. Disadvantaged groups, including Latinos, are in greater jeopardy. (3/26/20)
Podcast: Mental Health and the Global Pandemic
In the time of coronavirus, one issue at the forefront of many healthcare providers’ minds is something most might not have considered being an issue before: mental health. Dr. Sarah Knoeckel of UT Health San Antonio joins the Salud Talks Podcast to discuss mental health and how everyone can identify when we are not mentally healthy. (4/8/20)
Podcast: Keeping Calm Amid the Coronavirus
COVID-19 continues to dominate headlines. all of us are experiencing new levels of stress and anxiety. For this Salud Talks Podcast episode, public health workers share their best practices in how—in the words of another global crisis—they are keeping calm and carrying on. (3/19/20)
What Coronavirus Means for You, If You Have Heart Disease
CDC now says that U.S. adults with diabetes, chronic lung disease, and heart disease are at higher risk for severe COVID-19-associated disease than people without these conditions. Latinos face a heavier burden for several of these conditions. (4/6/20)
Walking and Biking Are Way Up During COVID-19, Revealing Big Inequities in Open Spaces
With schools and retail stores closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, more people are going outside to walk and bike in communities across the country. But some cities and states are closing parks amid virus fears. This worsens existing inequities in access to green and open spaces for Latinos and other disadvantaged communities. Equitable access to green and open spaces is more important than ever. (3/31/20)
Latino Teens: Distance Learning Is a Giant Stressor amid Coronavirus
Latino teens are more worried than their peers that they won’t be able to keep up with school work or extracurricular activities amid coronavirus, says a new survey by Common Sense and SurveyMonkey. 70% of Latino teens fear falling behind in homework. How “real” is this teen angst? (4/13/20)
Addressing the Spike in Domestic Violence amid Coronavius for Latinas and All Women
Many U.S. homes are not the safe havens we may think. In fact, with families locked down to slow COVID-19, police say domestic violence cases have risen up to 35% in recent days, NBC reports. Local and state leaders need to address the immediate needs of these victims. They also need to think about long-term solutions to reduce disparities in income and wealth accumulation, which COVID-19 is exacerbating, particularly among Latinas. (4/15/20)
Coronavirus Is Hitting People in Poverty the Hardest
As COVID-19, continues to spread, millions of men, women, and children, including the 3 million people who have recently lost their jobs, at risk of more issues than just becoming sick. Latinos—many of whom fall below the poverty line—could face significant hardship without a dedicated response from local, state, and federal leaders. (4/2/20)
Reports: People of Color are More Likely to Die from Coronavirus
Systemic, health inequities impacting disadvantaged groups are rampant in America and they’re causing those individuals to suffer worse, even fatal, COVID-19 outcomes. Early reports suggested that those disparities would play a role in the current coronavirus spread, making minority groups, including Latinos, more likely to suffer severe harm. Now, weeks into the American pandemic, early reports from hotbed areas—such as Oregon and New York City—are proving that prediction true. (Update: 4/14/20)
14 Things Latinos Should Know About the 2020 Census
How important is the 2020 Census? Well, the results will determine political power, representation in Congress, and funding for schools, hospitals, roads, and social services in your community for the next 10 years. The bureau has extended data collection amid COVID-19. (Update: 4/20/20)
4 Big Questions on the Rise of Child Abuse During Coronavirus
During this global coronavirus pandemic that has shut down businesses and schools and ushered in social distancing, experts worry more children are suffering from abuse. Researchers say this happens in times of stress. Child abuse rose in the Great Recession. (Update: 4/22/20)
Coronavirus Poses Added Risk For Adults With Alzheimer’s Disease
Recent data suggests that older adults are the most vulnerable to the worst effects of the coronavirus outbreak. Older people and people with severe chronic conditions—such as dementia—should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 illness. (4/21/20)
Soda Tax Revenue Turns into Emergency Grocery Vouchers amid Coronavirus
A soda tax aims to reduce sugary drink consumption and boost public health. In a new twist, Seattle is using soda tax revenues to give emergency $800 grocery vouchers for 6,250 families amid the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (4/21/20)
Dr. Amelie Ramirez Joins New Team to Guide San Antonio in Reopening Economy after Social Distancing
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff announced the addition of Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio, to the COVID-19 Health Transition Team, which is working on a plan to slowly reopen the city economy after social distancing. (Update: 4/29/20)
Latinos: COVID-19 Disrupts Finances, Daily Life, Mental Health
COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate. But U.S. Latinos are more likely than all Americans to say the coronavirus pandemic changed their daily lives, and disrupts their mental health, finances, and jobs, according to new surveys by Pew Research Center and Kaiser Family Foundation. (4/3/20)
Obesity May Lead to Severe Coronavirus Disease, Among Younger Patients
Obesity may be one of the most important predictors of severe coronavirus illness among young patients, new data from the NYU School of Medicine suggests. (4/27/20)
Latina Starts Community to Make Face Masks Para Todos (For All) amid COVID-19
Maria Pia Sanchez worked with a few friends to sew masks to donate to front-line medical workers when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Sanchez also created the Para Todos Mask Initiative Facebook page, which has generated a worldwide network of Chilean, Mexican, Guatemalan, Colombian, Venezuelan, and other Latino volunteers to create over 7,000 masks for those who need them most. (5/1/20)
Our Favorite Spanish-Language Coronavirus Resources for Latinos!
Coronavirus is locking down much of the U.S., making it harder for vulnerable populations like Latinos to get information, especially those who speak Spanish. Fortunately, new resources are popping up for Spanish-language Latinos. Here are some of our favorites! (Update: 5/11/20)
‘La Loteria’ Bingo Helps Families Stay Healthy amid COVID-19
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health has created COVID-19 Bingo (La Loteria). The family game has pictures of social distancing, hand-washing, video calls, physical activity, healthy food, faith, hope, and more. La Loteria, a traditional game in Latino families, is a version of Bingo using pictures on cards instead of numbers (5/11/20)
We Need Healthier Communities to Overcome COVID-19
Preparing for and overcoming any disaster, such as the current coronavirus pandemic, requires healthy and resilient communities. However, after age, obesity is the biggest risk factor for being hospitalized with COVID-19. To beat COVID-19, we need healthier communities that prevent obesity and leaders who prioritize equitable access to healthy food, housing, and safe spaces to walk and bike instead of space for cars. (5/6/20)
COVID19: Important Steps that will Protect Your Lungs
Many scientists say that COVID-19 impacts pneumonia and affects the lung function, and is especially worrisome for those with weak lung or immune systems. Worse, many experts believe that if you smoke, or you’re regularly around secondhand smoke, you may have a better chance of getting coronavirus. Smoking may also increase your risk of developing severe complications from the virus. (4/10/20)
Salud America! Talks Latino Health Equity Amid COVID-19 with APHA
Dr. Amelie Ramirez, Director of Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio, and Rosalie Aguilar, National Project Coordinator, discussed some of the challenges U.S. Latinos face amid the COVID-19 pandemic, on a recent episode of The Nation’s Health, The American Public Health Association (APHA) podcast. (5/12/20)
Coronavirus Hospitalizations a Rising Concern for Young Adults
Older people are highly susceptible to the coronavirus COVID-19, but young adults aren’t off the hook, either. Almost 40% of U.S. coronavirus patients who were sick enough to need hospitalization were between the ages of 20 to 54, according to recent CDC data. (3/20/20)
Coronavirus and its Impacts on the Affordable Housing Crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting health equity in many ways, including homelessness, evictions, and affordable housing options. Low-income workers, the uninsured, those with unstable housing, and immigrant communities will bear the brunt of this crisis. (3/27/20)
California Takes Action to Prevent a COVID-19 Housing Disaster
During this pandemic, millions are homeless, and their lives are falling apart. They struggle to stay healthy, to hold jobs, to preserve personal relationships, to maintain a sense of hope. Here is how California is responding, as it faces a 20% increase in homelessness. (5/29/20)
Jason Rosenfeld: Using Healthcare Messaging to Inform His Community about Coronavirus
With the spread of the current novel coronavirus, COVID-19, UT Health San Antonio’s Dr. Jason Rosenfeld is using his experience improving health in Africa to help address this new danger by creating health messaging to help people understand what this illness is, how it spreads, how to stay safe, and other critical pandemic information. (5/28/20)
Salud Talks Podcast: “Communicating COVID-19”
As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps throughout the U.S., medical experts say mixed messaging coming from political leaders in Washington has led to worse outcomes for everyday individuals and a successful stop to the spread. Today, Dr. Jason Rosenfeld, the Assistant Director of Global Health at UT Health San Antonio, joins the #SaludTalks Podcast to discuss his career in health communications, and how that experience is informing his work to disseminate knowledge about the outbreak. (5/20/20)
Street Vendors Left Out of Reopening Plans amid Coronavirus
Cities are closing streets to vehicles to give restaurants and shops space to serve customers outdoors—in parking spaces, on sidewalks, and on streets. However, street vendors, many of whom are Latinos and immigrants with no paid sick leave and a history of fighting to serve these very spaces, are being left out of reopening plans. (5/27/20)