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Virus Wreaks Havoc On Undocumented Immigrants Without Health Insurance

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Virus Wreaks Havoc On Undocumented Immigrants Without Health Insurance

It’s difficult to track how many undocumented immigrants have tested positive for COVID-19. Many live in crowded homes with multiple generations of families or work at jobs where possible exposure to the virus is high, WBUR reports.

Latinos are more likely to deal with a more severe illness from COVID-19 — and when they’re undocumented, they’re less likely to be able to get the medical care they need to address it. It’s hard to track how many undocumented immigrants get COVID-19. But they are high risk, says David Hayes-Bautista, who directs the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Not only do they often lack health insurance, many live in crowded homes with multiple generations of families. (Shapiro, 9/1)

People who contract COVID-19 can spend months in recovery and end up with long-term disabilities. It’s especially hard for undocumented immigrants who are at high risk an don’t have health insurance. (Shapiro, 8/31)

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