The Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCLA also found that the death rate for middle-aged Latino COVID-19 patients is 25 times higher than it is for young Latinos.

Por Alma Sacasa
Agosto 28, 2020

On Thursday, a new study done by the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCLA showed that coronavirus death rates among Latinos of working age in California has risen in the past three months. Researchers looked at three groups of Latinos ranging from ages 18 to 69 in the time period of May 11 through August 11.

According to their findings, the death rate is at its highest among middle-aged Latinos, with 54.73 deaths per 100,000 people; that's about 25 times higher than the death rate for young adults. "Anything that threatens the stability of our economy, like COVID-19's inroads into the working-age population, needs to be taken seriously," David E. Hayes-Bautista, a health policy professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health who co-authored the report, said in a statement. "The virus is falling on the working-age population, and the young Latino population is disproportionately represented in this demographic."

"As the coronavirus works its deadly way into every nook and cranny of California's population, its victims' profiles become clearer and clearer: they are the unsung essential workers," Hayes-Bautista continued in the report, co-authored with Paul Hsu, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. They pointed to "farm workers who feed California, truck drivers who transport the state's goods, meat and vegetable packers, the grocery industry's shelf stockers and checkout clerks, construction workers, automobile mechanics, gardeners and landscapers, bus drivers, office cleaners, nursing home attendants, and others who toil day and night to keep California functioning" as the population most affected by the virus.

According to the California Department of Public Health, coronavirus has killed at least 12,407 people in California and nearly half of them are Latino. Across the United States, coronavirus numbers for the Latino community have been similarly alarming. In July, the New York Times reported that Latinos were three times as likely to be infected as white people, and nearly twice as likely to die. "Systemic racism doesn't just evidence itself in the criminal justice system," Quinton Lucas, the mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, told the paper. "It's something that we're seeing taking lives in not just urban America, but rural America, and all types of parts where, frankly, people deserve an equal opportunity to live — to get health care, to get testing, to get tracing."