Saturday, May 18, 2024

Latinos continue being the most affected by COVID-19

As the cases of COVID-19 keep rising in the U.S., so do the cases among Latinos. As of Saturday, November 14 there were 62,945 positive COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S., and 32,006 of those cases were Latinos. Also, out of 921 COVID-19 reported deaths, 457 were Latinos. When interviewed, Roberto Alcantar, Chief Strategy Officer, claimed that “the Latino community is the one that has been devastated by this virus.”

The Latino Health Coalition in San Diego, California, has decided to take matters into their own hands. They will distribute COVID-19 emergency kits in Latino communities in order to make sure that the most vulnerable residents have the necessary tools they need to protect themselves from the current pandemic.

These emergency COVID-19 kits include essential items such as masks, disinfectants, thermometers, sanitizers, among other materials that will help with prevention. These kits also provide important information on housing availability, hotel vouchers, and county programs.

Roberto Alcantar expressed that their “goal is to make sure [they] are getting the right education to the community and the right resources to protect themselves, especially in the next critical weeks where we need to really drive the number of infections down”.

As the COVID-19 cases rise exponentially in the United States  and with some places like Chicago shutting down for a lockdown, the best we can do is take preventative measures in order to ensure our own safety and the ones we love