COVID-19 and the Latinx/Hispanic Community

How is COVID-19 impacting the Latinx/Hispanic community in America?

Why has coronavirus had such an impact on Latinxs across the US?

  • COVID-19 has disproportionately shocked the Hispanic community across America. Infection rates among members of this group are significantly higher than rates seen in white Americans. Several of the factors contributing to the large disparity seen in the number of Hispanic cases as compared to other groups include having limited access to healthcare and unemployment resources, as well as being workers in occupations that are considered essential. Latinxs that fall into these categories are prevented from taking leave from work to recover from being ill and quarantining after potential exposures to the coronavirus.
  • These structural issues have contributed to the extremely high number of Hispanic patients hospitalized and diagnosed with COVID-19 across the US, especially in states like Florida, Oregon, New York, and New Jersey.
  • Some reports claim that “in some areas of the US, Covid-19 is killing Latinxs at up to three times the rate that it is killing white people.” – The Guardian
  • A reminder of the specific challenges the Latinxs must face:
    • Many Hispanics are afraid to seek out treatment if they suspect they have contracted coronavirus because they are uninsured and unable to cover the hefty medical expenses that would be incurred.
    • An additional risk for some is fear of being exposed as undocumented and reported to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

Resources for Latinxs/Hispanics

Other Resources

Harvard Medical School has created a learning module that includes information about the various vulnerable populations affected by the COVID-19 crisis. 

Language barriers are also important to address so that all communities can have accurate information on COVID-19. Below are COVID-19 resources for many different languages: 

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