Half a million US children have been diagnosed with COVID-19, CNN reports—and a disproportionate number of cases are reported in Black and Hispanic children, according to American Academy of Pediatrics President Sally Goza.
Consider wealthy, predominantly white Marin County, California: Latinos make up just 16% of the population but account for a whopping 71% of the county’s COVID-19 cases, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
“The story of these disparities, particularly in the Latino community, is the story about the essential frontline worker,” said UCSF’s Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo. Many are exposed at work, then return home to “dense living situations and frankly an inability to isolate.”
California and Bay Area officials have expanded testing and contact tracing in low-income communities and have rolled out “health equity measures” that counties will have to satisfy before allowing businesses to reopen.