The Pew results also showed that polling more than 3,300 U.S. Latinos found they faced higher financial burdens, especially those who are out of legal status. Almost half of U.S. Latino respondents (49%) said they or someone in their household had lost their job or cut their wages as a result of the pandemic. Among respondents who are non-US citizens or who have no papers, that number was close to 60%. Researchers said the total number of Americans was 44%, according to a survey earlier this year.
“About six in ten (62%) say they have experienced at least one in seven people in the survey have had financial difficulties, with Latinos most likely to report having trouble paying bills (35%) and getting groceries from a blackboard or other non-profit organization. “
However, the results also showed that many Latinos, even struggling as Latinos in their own homes, were helping families and friends who were in similar difficult situations due to the pandemic, from lending to helping with childcare. “A majority (58%) say they have helped relatives or close friends in various ways – by delivering groceries, running errands or looking after their children (39%), sending or loaning money to families or friends in another country (28%). or to send or lend money to family or friends in the US (26%), ”according to the results.
However, respondents were also optimistic about the future, with a majority saying “they expect their financial situation and that of their families to improve over the next year,” the researchers said. Previous research has shown that Latinos, along with black Americans, “are far more likely than their white counterparts, both in terms of their personal position in life and the future of the country in general,” The Atlantic said in 2015.
This seems to continue to this day in terms of our efforts to recover from this pandemic. “When the stores reopen and we get back to normal, people who may have worked on the front lines day in and day out can see this when they see how hard it has been to perhaps appreciate this a little better than some other people.” UnidosUS senior health policy analyst Matthew Snider told CNN.
NBC News notes that vaccination rates have lagged among Latinos. The New York Times reported in March Barriers to vaccine accessibility ranging from language and technology issues to the lack of a primary health care provider. The health inequalities faced by Latino families have highlighted the importance of the Biden government Initiative earlier this year targeting more doses to community clinicswho have historically played an important role serving Latinos, Blacks, AAPI and low income communities.
In California, collaborative efforts have also helped farm workers gain access to the vaccine. “The people who did the hardest work picking and processing the fruit have been hit hardest by COVID-19, and it continues,” said Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara district manager told the San Francisco Chronicle. “The best way we can honor our frontline workers is what we are doing today, which is to get them vaccinations.”