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Southeast Asians Here Fear They're Suffering An Outsized Toll in COVID-19

Cambodia Town in Long Beach. The city has the largest concentration of Cambodians outside of Cambodia. (Photo by Laurie Avocado via Flickr)
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In Long Beach, Asians make up 15% of those hospitalized for COVID 19. That’s more than their share of the population. But it’s hard to get a true sense of the impact of coronavirus on the Cambodians who make up a big share of the city’s Asian residents.

That’s because public health officials broadly label them as simply “Asian.”

Southeast Asians have higher poverty rates – which are linked to the worst outcomes from the coronavirus. Yet they are lumped together with more affluent Asian groups.

But in Long Beach, data collection about Asian patients could be changing.

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