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"Black and Latinos' Finances Hit the Hardest by COVID-19, UCLA Survey Finds"

NBC Los Angeles interviewed Ninez Ponce, FSPH professor of Health Policy and Management and director of the Fielding School's UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, on results from the center's monthly statewide health survey which found that of people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic, 21% were Blacks and 14.8% Latinos.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020
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Racial and ethnic groups, including Blacks and Latinos, have suffered the worst financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and 76.6% of California adults would get a coronavirus vaccine if available, according to survey results announced Wednesday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Preliminary information from the UCLA CHPR's monthly statewide health survey shows that 10.9% of people lost their jobs due to the pandemic, including 21% of Blacks and 14.8% of Latinos, as compared to 9.6% of whites, as well as 25% of non-elderly -- ages 18-64 -- uninsured Californians.

Financial difficulties with basic necessities impacted 11.2% of those surveyed, with 23.1% of Black people and 15.5% of Latinos reporting difficulties, compared with 6.8% of white people.

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