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Factors Linked to Structural Racism Put Latino Communities at Risk for COVID-19, New Study Says

Crowded Housing, Dirty Air and Occupational Factors May Help Spread the Virus among Latinos in the United States

A new study published by a multi-institutional team led by researchers at The George Washington University found that factors linked to structural racism put Latino communities nationwide at high risk of COVID-19. amfAR Vice President and Director of Public Policy, Greg Millett, was senior author on the study.

The researchers detailed contributing factors including crowded housing, air pollution and jobs in the meatpacking and poultry industry. The study also found that Latino communities in the Midwestern and Northeastern United States are at particularly high risk of COVID-19.

This study, the first national analysis of COVID deaths and cases among this group, confirms previous reports that Latinos have been particularly hard hit by the virus. The authors include interventions that could help save lives among Latinos and other people of color.

 Read the full paper here, which was published in the Annals of Epidemiology.