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COVID-19 can affect anyone.
But, for Latinos, the coronavirus pandemic is worsening health, social, and income inequities, and raising fears of disparities in disease rates, exposure, testing, and prevention.
1. COVID-19 Rates and Latinos
Early reports from hotbed areas, including New York City and Oregon, show higher COVID-19 incidence and death rates among Latinos. In other cities, African Americans show higher rates.
2. COVID-19 Testing and Latinos
People with health insurance get tested for COVID-19 more frequently than those who don’t, even if tests are free, according to researchers.
19% of Latinos are uninsured. This is the worst coverage rate among racial/ethnic groups.
3. Jobs on the COVID-19 Front Lines
Only 16.2% of U.S. Latinos can work from home.
They are overrepresented in high-contact jobs (food, retail, hospitality, health) with little or no paid leave.
4. Latinos and Social Distancing for COVID-19
Essential workers are more likely to be exposed to coronavirus, and less likely to be able to do social distancing.
They risk exposure for a paycheck.
5. Latinos and Poverty amid COVID-19
Latinos represent 27.2% of the population in poverty.
Coronavirus exacerbates inequities in access to social support, housing, food, and more.
6. Latinos and Food Insecurity amid COVID-19
Amid coronavrius, families who rely on nutrition aid can’t stock up on food or buy online.
16.2% of Latinos suffer food insecurity (not enough food).
7. Latinos and Housing amid COVID-19
56.9% of Latinos are “housing cost burdened,” spending about a third of their income on housing.
Coronavirus is exacerbating housing instability.
8. No Open Space for Latinos amid COVID-19
Walking and biking are up during COVID-19. Trail use is up 200%!
But Latinos have less access to sidewalks and green, open spaces for activity amid social distancing.