COVID-19 Pandemic: Disparate Health Impact on the Hispanic/Latinx Population in the United States

J Infect Dis. 2020 Jul 30:jiaa474. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiaa474. Online ahead of print.


In December 2019, a novel coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2, emerged in Wuhan, China, causing the Coronavirus disease 2019 we now refer to as COVID-19. The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 12th, 2020. In the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed pre-existing social and health disparities among several historically vulnerable populations, with stark differences in the proportion of minority individuals diagnosed with and dying from COVID-19. In this article we will describe the emerging disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the Hispanic/Latinx (henceforth: Hispanic or Latinx) community in the U.S., discuss potential antecedents and consider strategies to address the disparate impact of COVID-19 on this population.

PMID:32729903 | DOI:10.1093/infdis/jiaa474