“This suggests that the health effects of the ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities in the community increased during the San Francisco shelter order and helps explain why (Latino) people were disproportionately affected by the pandemic. , ”Lead researcher and lead author of the study Dr. Diane Havlir, head of the UCSF in the Division of HIV, Infectious and Global Diseases of Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital, said in a statement.
Latinos make up half of San Francisco’s coronavirus infections, while they make up only 15% of the city’s population. Among residents and workers in the 16 block section of the Mission District tested by the UCSF, Latinos are more likely to continue working after the order, which increased their infection rate. Earlier in the flu pandemic, infections dropped along the racial makeup lines of the neighborhood – 67% Latino, 16% white, and 17% for others. By the end of April, Latinos accounted for 96% of new infections.The study cited risk factors, including an inability to work from home, unemployment and a household income of less than $ 50,000 per year.
The percentage of those already infected – around 6%, has been higher than other studies that have performed antibody tests. A community survey by Stanford University in Santa Clara County reported an earlier infection rate of 2% to 4%, while mass-like trials in the Marin County enclave of Bolinas revealed almost no ‘infections.
The study authors and public health experts said the results of the virus example disproportionately impact communities of color.
“Pandemics exploit existing inequalities in society, placing greater health and economic burdens on communities that already face structural disadvantages such as income inequality, crowds, housing conditions, racism systemic and discriminatory, “Dr. Grant Colfax, San Francisco, director of health, said in a statement.
Mallory Moench San Francisco Chronicle of the writer’s staff. E-mail: [email protected] Twitter: @mallorymoench