A new JAMA study tracks the experiences of 60 Latinx adults who survived hospitalization with the disease:
- Immigration concerns, cost of care, fear of losing wages, and fear of eviction forced many to go to work and risk COVID-19 infection.
- Some delayed seeking care even when symptomatic.
The study calls for targeted health messaging in Latinx communities—and former patients may be the ideal messengers. Many study participants expressed interest in serving as COVID-19 ambassadors in their communities.
Kathleen Page, an expert on Latino health disparities, says vaccine rollouts could shrink the disparities—but access and messaging remain key issues, she writes in Vox.
A targeted program in Baltimore may offer a model.
- It taps into existing community contacts to set up large community vaccination events in collaboration with the National Guard.