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Morning Briefing: Latino/as Hit Hardest By COVID Economic Toll

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According to a new report, the Latino/a community isn’t just being hit harder by the disease caused by the pandemic than other communities, they’re also being hit harder financially by the coronavirus’ economic toll.

Researchers found that a full 71% of households in L.A.’s Latino/a community reported serious financial problems since the pandemic began. Jackie Fortiér notes that the community is at risk in part due to being frequently underpaid for their labor to begin with.

“The reward that Latinos have for their high work ethic is a high rate of poverty,” David Hayes-Bautista, a professor of medicine at UCLA, told Fortiér.

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Additionally, Latino/as are more likely to hold essential jobs, such as in nursing homes that don’t provide health insurance and at the same time expose workers to a greater risk of contracting the virus.

"Latinos between 50 and 69, those are the ones that are being hit the hardest,” said Hayes-Bautista. “That's pretty worrying."

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


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