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latest news Podcast: The Tragedy of Latinos and COVID-19

COVID-19 has been devastating for everyone, but in the United States there is a particularly hard demographic blow: Latinos. According to the California Department of Public Health, Latinos make up about 39% of the state’s population, but almost half of all cases and 45% of all deaths. A perfect storm of factors has made Latinos particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus: multigenerational households. Overcrowded neighborhoods. Essential jobs that required us to show up in person. Vaccination hesitation among too many others.

Today we hear about the devastation.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: LA Times Metro reporters Alejandra Reyes-Velarde and Brittny Mejia

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