Felled on the Frontline

Artist Jorge Rodríguez holds a photo of Ydelfonso Decoo, an immigrant doctor who died of coronavirus complications. Queens, May 27, 2020. Image: Pablo Monsalve/VIEWpress via Getty
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Artist Jorge Rodríguez holds a photo of Ydelfonso Decoo, an immigrant doctor who died of coronavirus complications. Queens, May 27, 2020. Image: Pablo Monsalve/VIEWpress via Getty

Health care workers of color and immigrants are dying disproportionately of COVID-19 in the US, Kaiser Health News reports.

Kaiser Health News and The Guardian tracked 1,080 frontline health worker deaths in the Lost on the Frontline project. Of 177 they’ve profiled so far, more than 60% were Black, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, or Native American.

And, nearly one-third were born outside the US though immigrants make up just 14% of the US population and 18% of its health care force, The Guardian reports.

Immigrant health workers like Reza Chowdhury—known for waiving copays for poor patients and giving them his home phone number—prop up the US health system, Kaiser reports. And, they tend to work with the most vulnerable groups—putting them at high risk.

Telling Stat: 32% reported inadequate personal protective equipment.

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