COVID-19 is hitting California’s Latino community hard
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The Latino community continues to bear the brunt of the pandemic in California. Many Latino workers are on the front lines in essential positions with little or no health insurance.
People like Socorro Diaz. After sheltering in place for weeks, she started cleaning houses again in May. But now, she’s out of work again. Clients started canceling in recent weeks as the case count spiked in Santa Rosa. Plus she doesn’t want to put her clients in danger. COVID-19 has plagued her family for months.
First her sister, then her sister’s husband, her niece … eventually, 15 family members tested positive — including her 22-year-old son. Diaz said her sister was likely the first case and might have caught the illness at a factory job where masks ran short.
The virus is disproportionately affecting people in California’s Latino community, according to California’s Department of Public Health, who make up nearly 39% of the state’s population. But they account for more than 55% of COVID-19 cases and more than 45% of deaths associated with the disease in the state.
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COVID-19 Economy FAQs
Millions of Americans are unemployed, but businesses say they are having trouble hiring. Why?
This economic crisis is unusual compared to traditional recessions, according to Daniel Zhao, senior economist with Glassdoor. “Many workers are still sitting out of the labor force because of health concerns or child care needs, and that makes it tough to find workers regardless of what you’re doing with wages or benefits,” Zhao said. “An extra dollar an hour isn’t going to make a cashier with preexisting conditions feel that it’s safe to return to work.” This can be seen in the restaurant industry: Some workers have quit or are reluctant to apply because of COVID-19 concerns, low pay, meager benefits and the stress that comes with a fast-paced, demanding job. Restaurants have been willing to offer signing bonuses and temporary wage increases. One McDonald’s is even paying people $50 just to interview.
Could waiving patents increase the global supply of COVID-19 vaccines?
India and South Africa have introduced a proposal to temporarily suspend patents on COVID-19 vaccines. Backers of the plan say it would increase the supply of vaccines around the world by allowing more countries to produce them. Skeptics say it’s not that simple. There’s now enough supply in the U.S that any adult who wants a shot should be able to get one soon. That reality is years away for most other countries. More than 100 countries have backed the proposal to temporarily waive COVID-19 vaccine patents. The U.S isn’t one of them, but the White House has said it’s considering the idea.
Can businesses deny you entry if you don’t have a vaccine passport?
As more Americans get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the economy continues reopening, some businesses are requiring proof of vaccination to enter their premises. The concept of a vaccine passport has raised ethical questions about data privacy and potential discrimination against the unvaccinated. However, legal experts say businesses have the right to deny entrance to those who can’t show proof.
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