Latinx people more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection, US study finds

Post Date: 
2020-06-30
Source: 
Medical News Today

Dr. Page says that a majority of Latinx patients with COVID-19 are immigrants to the U.S. who work low-wage jobs, such as construction and cleaning, that are classed as “essential.”

“Many of these patients tell me they delayed coming to the hospital until absolutely necessary because they were worried about medical bills and were not sure if they could receive care because of their immigration status,” she says.

“Most of the patients I’ve met are not eligible for benefits, have no health insurance, and rent rooms in crowded houses. The need to work, lack of occupational protections, and crowded living conditions have led to high transmission in this community.”