Coronavirus and Latino Health Equity

With the rise of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), our team at Salud America! is digitally curating content about what the situation means for Latino health equity and efforts to help vulnerable communities.

We want to ensure the Latino population gets an equitable share of culturally relevant information during the outbreak.

You can do your part! Learn from our content. Be sure to wash your hands and practice social distancing.

This story list was last updated March 30, 2020.

What All Latinos Need to Know about Coronavirus

Communities of Color Coronavirus InequitiesThe 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.

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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.

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Coronavirus Highlights Inequities Impacting Latinos, Communities of Color

Paid leave provisions in coronavirus relief bill.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.

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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.

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Trillion Dollar Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Helps Airlines Over Transit, Corporations Over Workers

support emergency funding for public transit coronavirus covid-19As 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.

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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.

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What Cancer Patients Need to Know about COVID-19

latina hispanic cancer patient survivor at home due to coronavirus covid-19Cancer 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?

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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!

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Health Experts: Coronavirus Risk Increased by Smoking, Vaping

coronavirus smoking mask disease riskSmoking 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.

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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.

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Coronavirus Care: Amazing Acts of Kindness during a Pandemic

coronavirus COVID-19 latino women helps neighbor with kindess buying her groceriesThe 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.

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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 America! Salud Talks Podcast, public health workers share their best practices in how—in the words of another global crisis—they are keeping calm and carrying on.

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How Coronavirus Is Crippling Rural Health Care, Especially for Latinos

rural latino hispanic farm worker health care coronavirus covid-19The 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.

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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.

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Coronavirus Is Worsening Food Insecurity for Latinos

Save SNAP hunger hungry food insecurity coronavirus covid-19The 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.

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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.

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Coronavirus and its Impacts on the Affordable Housing Crisis

Sad mother no affordable housing evicted eviction homeThe 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.

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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?

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