Research from the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area shows that over 40% of Hispanic/Latino patients who are tested for COVID-19 have the virus. This is significantly higher than the rate for white patients (9%), black patients (18%), or those of other races/ethnicities (17%). The reasons for this high burden are not clear, but could include less opportunity for social distancing, dense housing, continuing to work due to financial need, lower rates of insurance/health care use, a hesitation to seek care, or a combination of these and other reasons. Addressing the unique needs of the Latino community may help prevent the spread of COVID-19 disease.
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