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"COVID-19 Proves Especially Lethal to Younger Latinos"

The Washington Post interviewed Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, about research that Latinos’ reduction in life expectancy due to the pandemic has been more than three times the loss experienced by the White population. 

Monday, March 15, 2021

THERMAL, Calif. — Her lungs aching with each breath, Blanca Quintero, a 53-year-old cancer survivor, sought care for the coronavirus from physicians almost two hours away in Mexicali, Mexico, because her calls to doctors here went unanswered.

Was she being overlooked in the flurry of the winter surge or simply ignored, another instance of the mistreatment she and other Latino patients have faced as Spanish-speaking immigrants, she wondered.

Was the risk of venturing across the border worth it? Yes.