x
Breaking News
More () »

CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8 | cbs8.com

Hispanics and Latinos hit hard by coronavirus economic fallout

During the great recession, research showed the household wealth among Hispanics and Latinos dropped by 66% - the largest of all racial groups.

SAN DIEGO — People across the world are dealing with the impacts of the coronavirus, when it comes to workers, some groups are being hit harder financially than others.

One of the communities hardest hit by the coronavirus economic fallout has been the Latino and Hispanic communities.

“A lot of Latinos tend to generate into the hospitality industry, restaurant industry. It seems we are the most affected and it takes us the longest to recover from it as well,” said Iris Garcia, president and CEO of the San Diego Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

A study done last month by the Pew Research Center showed that Hispanics and Latinos are more concerned about the threat of the virus to their health and financial situation because around 66% do not have jobs with the ability to work from home – keeping them employed and with a paycheck.

During the great recession, research showed the household wealth among Hispanics and Latinos dropped by 66% - the largest of all racial groups.

Garcia said she knows they are by far not the only community suffering.

“It seems to be a trend across the board,” she said.

RELATED: Coronavirus in San Diego and California: Latest updates and news

RELATED: Here are DIY ways to make your own face cover 'mask' at home

RELATED: Mayor Faulconer addresses mental and physical health of San Diegans

RELATED: San Diego County will enforce social distance orders

News 8 has joined forces with The San Diego Foundation to raise immediate, emergency funds for our most vulnerable neighbors in need. Here is how you can help.  

We also have a Frequently Asked Questions page we will continue updating with the latest information and reports.  

Click here to watch "Facts Not Fear," a News 8 Special on coronavirus from March 26, 2020. 
 

BACKGROUND:  

According to the CDC, coronavirus (COVID-19) is a family of viruses that is spreadable from person to person. Coronavirus is believed to have been first detected in a seafood market in Wuhan, China in December 2019. If someone is sick with coronavirus, the symptoms they may show include mild to severe respiratory illness, cough, and difficulty breathing.  

Currently, there is no vaccine, however, the CDC suggests the following precautions, as with any other respiratory illness:  

Know how it spreads:  

  • There is no vaccine  

  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus 

  • It is thought to spread mainly from person-person between people in close contact 

  • And believed to be spread by respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes 

Protect yourself 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds 

  • If soap and water aren't available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick 

  • Put distance between yourselves and others 

Protect others 

  • Stay home when you are sick 

  • Wear a facemask if you are sick 

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash 

  • If you don't have tissue, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow 

  • Immediately wash your hands after coughing and sneezing  

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe 

You can find information on disinfecting and cleaning on the CDC's How to Protect Yourself page. 

The California Department of Public Health has issued guidance on the use of cloth face coverings to protect against the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.  

The County of San Diego has made face coverings mandatory for those working with the public including grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and similar businesses. 

While officials say these face coverings are not a substitute for practices like social distancing and handwashing, there is evidence to suggest that the use of cloth face coverings by the public during a pandemic could help reduce disease transmission. Officials do not recommend the public use N-95 or surgical masks which are needed by health care workers and first responders.