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Latino's coronavirus burden [sfchronicle.com]

 

By Joaquin Palomino and Tatiana Sanchez, San Francisco Chronicle, May 8, 2020

As people came into San Francisco General Hospital with chest pain, dry coughs and fevers — telltale signs of the new coronavirus — Dr. Vivek Jain noticed an unsettling pattern: The vast majority of people so sick that they needed to be hospitalized were Latino.

Jain, an infectious disease specialist who is part of the team directing the hospital’s COVID-19 response, was prepared to see an influx of low-income Latino patients, many of whom continued to work essential jobs and had been pushed into crowded homes due to the city’s high cost of living.

But the numbers were even more stark than he had imagined.

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