COVID-19 pandemic: Disparate health impact on the hispanic/latinx population in the United States

Raul Macias Gil, Jasmine R. Marcelin, Brenda Zuniga-Blanco, Carina Marquez, Trini Mathew, Damani A. Piggott

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Abstract

In December 2019, a novel coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2, emerged in Wuhan, China, causing the coronavirus disease 2019 we now refer to as COVID-19. The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on 12 March 2020. In the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed preexisting social and health disparities among several historically vulnerable populations, with stark differences in the proportion of minority individuals diagnosed with and dying from COVID-19. In this article we will describe the emerging disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the Hispanic/Latinx (henceforth: Hispanic or Latinx) community in the United States, discuss potential antecedents, and consider strategies to address the disparate impact of COVID-19 on this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1592-1595
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Volume222
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 15 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus
  • Health disparity
  • Hispanic
  • Latinx
  • SARS-CoV-2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases

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