Report shows disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Latino community

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  A new report released this week shows that America's Latino community is disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Like African-Americans, many in the Latino community have front line jobs.

"The Impact of COVID-19 on Latinos in the U.S.” presents statistics, such as one showing that while Latinos make up less than 30% of New York's population, they make up 34% of the COVID-19 deaths, since many have conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, and two out of three lack medical insurance.

"It is urgent that Latino and immigrant working families be included in any stimulus from our government. And it is also crucial that they have access to medical attention and work protection,” said Yanira Merino, who spoke during a virtual town hall hosted by Mijente, a Latinx activist group. 

When it comes to economics, they say half of Latinos in the U.S. report that they or someone they know lost a job or took a paycut since the crisis began. 

Rafael Collazo, political director of UnidosUS, says only 16% can work from home.

"Whether they work in the healthcare industry, they are working at a Target, they’re working as a nurse aide, they are working. They are on the front lines,” Collazo said. 

Undocumented workers, who are also on the front lines, were excluded from the CARES Act and could be the hardest hit from the pandemic. 

Latinos make up 18% of the population.