The Devastating Impact of the Coronavirus on the Latino Community
April 15, 2020
Donald Trump spent weeks downplaying the risks the coronavirus posed to Americans. Meanwhile, the Latino community braced itself for a crisis they worried would strike them deeply. From coast to coast, the Trump administration’s inaction and mismanagement has made the coronavirus pandemic a dire situation for the Latino community.
Experts and members of the community knew how detrimental the coronavirus pandemic would be for Latinos.
NBC News: “While the pain from the pandemic crosses all races and ethnicities, experts say Latinos stand to endure a deep economic blow due to persistent income inequality, disparities in wealth, the fragility of Latino small businesses and the large number of Latinos employed in service industries such as hotels, restaurants and retail stores — many of which have been forced to shut down.”
Pew Research: “Hispanics are more concerned than Americans overall about the threat the COVID-19 outbreak poses to the health of the U.S. population, their own financial situation and the day-to-day life of their local community, according to a new survey fielded as part of Pew Research Center’s Election News Pathways project.”
In state after state, Latino communities are seeing high death rates in cases related to coronavirus.
US News and World Report: “In a report released April 8 by the [New York] city, officials revealed that the COVID-19 death rate for Hispanic residents was nearly 23 per 100,000 people”
Des Moines Register: “Hispanic and Latino Iowans make up about 6.2% of the state’s population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but they account for 16.4% of the positive tests for the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus.”
Deseret News: “After analyzing data by race and ethnicity, the Utah Department of Health discovered that 28% of those 2,412 who have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Tuesday identify as Hispanic or Latino/Latina, while they only make up 14% of Utah’s population.”
ABC 7: “Among the 330 deaths where race and ethnicity have been identified, 15% were African-American, 17% were Asian, 34% were Hispanic/Latino, 31% were white, and 2% identified as belonging to another race and/or ethnicity.”
Find more on the Trump administration’s failed response to coronavirus here.