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CalMatters interviewed Randall Kuhn, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health associate professor of community health sciences, on infection and mortality rates among low income Angelenos, including many deemed to be “essential” workers.
Dalia was working in a clothing factory in South Los Angeles for about five months when the COVID-19 outbreak hit in mid-March. The workload got heavy when the factory started receiving orders to make face masks. Dalia, who was in charge of trimming the masks, sometimes would take extra work home.
Like many other undocumented workers, Dalia, who was focused on earning money to make ends meet, thought she was safe at work.
“I would have my hand sanitizer, my disinfectant towels. I thought I was prepared,” said Dalia, 45, who didn’t want her last name used because of her immigration status.