The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted the health of Hispanic/Latinos in the United States. For Hispanic/Latino Americans, a diverse group of people forming nearly 20% of the U.S. population, social and economic inequities have increased the risk of contracting COVID-19. Hispanic/Latinos are 4 times more likely to be hospitalized than white Americans. Further, over 40% of pregnant women with COVID-19 are Hispanic/Latina. There are many reasons for the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 among Hispanic/Latinos, including language barriers, multi-generational homes where self-isolation is hard, food and housing insecurity, immigration concerns, and economic pressures such as limited paid leave and health insurance coverage. In addition, few doctors, medical school applicants and psychologists are Hispanic/Latino. Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is working every day to reduce the disparities and COVID-19 impacts on health of this rapidly growing population.
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