- Latinos suffer a decrease in their life expectancy due to the current health situation.
- The numbers indicate that more than half of Latinos still don’t carry protection against the coronavirus.
- Report Shows Latino Children Have Less Opportunity to Go to Summer School.
Denver (CO), Jun 24 (EFE News).- Due to the pandemic, the life expectancy of Latinos in the United States was reduced by up to four years when compared to what it was before the arrival of COVID-19, the largest reduction among all groups in the country, reveals a study from the University of Colorado (CU) in Boulder. The new report found that among Latinas life expectancy dropped from 84.2 years in 2010 to 81.3 years today. And among Latinos, that reduction went from 78.6 years a decade ago to 74.5 years in 2021.
As a comparison, the reduction in expected life years among the general US population was just two years for men (76 to 74) and just over a year for women (81 to 79.7). In addition, the United States was the only country among the 16 countries with a similar technological and economic development in which the pandemic caused a drop in life expectancy since, in the other countries and on average, life was lengthened by one year (80 a 81) despite the impact of covid-19.
Latinos are the most affected in life expectancy
“For many years we have been on a worrying trajectory compared to other countries in terms of life expectancy, but this reduction was only marginal. Then came the covid and its effects on the American population have been egregious, ”explained Dr. Ryan Masters, assistant professor of sociology at CU-Boulder and co-author of the study, in presenting the study. Masters explained that situation as the result of three factors: an “obesogenic environment” in the United States (large numbers of overweight or obese people), inequalities and “systemic racism” in health services, and a “disorganized and uncoordinated response. ”From the federal government to the pandemic.
And, in this context, the most affected have been Latino men, who not only lost four years of their life expectancy and now, on average, seven years less than Latinas, but also for the first time in decades are living less than white men. Before the pandemic, the life expectancy of Latino men was almost 79 years, compared to 76 years for whites. Now both groups hope to live for about 74 years, albeit a few months longer for whites. For Masters, “the social and health inequalities that have plagued the United States for many years left the United States even more vulnerable to covid,” with minorities and low-income people being the most affected groups. Therefore, Masters expressed that he is “not optimistic” about a rapid recovery in life expectancy, although he is confident that the new study will lead to new economic and social policies that correct the problems that already existed before the pandemic. EFE News
Nearly half of US Hispanics and African Americans have yet to be vaccinated
Washington, Jun 16 (EFE News) .- Almost half of Latinos and African Americans in the United States have not yet been vaccinated against covid-19 despite having suffered disproportionately complications and deaths from that disease, according to a survey published this Wednesday. 47% of Latinos and 46% of African Americans have not been immunized, which shows a lower vaccination rate compared to other demographic groups, according to a study by the pollster BSP Research and the African American Research organization. Collaborative (AARC).
Among Latinos, there is considerable variation depending on age. Specifically, 56% of Hispanics between the ages of 18 and 29 have not yet been vaccinated, which shows great resistance among the youngest compared to those over 65, a group in which only 20% remain without get vaccinated. Additionally, as the average Latino population is younger than the general U.S. population, low immunization among younger Latinos is reducing the overall vaccination rate for that demographic, the director explained at a press conference. executive from the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO), Arturo Vargas.
Rural areas are less likely to be vaccinated
Vargas explained that the study also shows that Latinos in rural areas are much less likely to be vaccinated. Immigration status is also a factor, as Latinos who do not have US citizenship have much lower vaccination rates than naturalized citizens born outside the country. For this reason, Vargas considered that an “aggressive” campaign is needed to convince younger Latinos, those who are not US citizens, and also groups living in rural areas of the benefits of vaccination.
Also, the survey reveals that among Latinos and African Americans who have not yet been vaccinated, a major concern is the risk of blood clots and other side effects. The survey was sponsored among others by the Robert Wood Johnson, WK Kellogg and The Commonwealth Fund foundations, as well as the Latino organization NALEO Educational Fund. To carry out the study, between May 7 and June 7, 12,288 people were interviewed, of which 2,944 identified themselves as Latino. The margin of error for the entire survey is 0.9%, while that of the Latino population sample is 1.8%. The survey was conducted in different languages by phone and through the internet. EFE News
Latino kids lag behind in summer camps and schools
Miami, Jun 10 (EFE News) .- The participation of Latino children in summer camps and schools is lower than that of the half national, although in recent years they have been closing that gap, according to a poll published Thursday. The survey showed that 47% of all families reported that at least one of their children participated in a summer educational program in 2019, compared to 44% of families with Hispanic students.
However, this figure is higher than the 39% registered in 2013 and 29% in 2008, points out the study by the Afterschool Alliance, an organization created in 2000 by corporate philanthropic organizations and foundations to expand learning opportunities after school and during school. summer. Although 2.7 million Latino children participated in a “structured summer experience” in 2019, parents reported that almost 4.4 million more would have been able to participate if a program had been available to them.
The difficulties of children
And this summer for many may be different after last year many centers were closed by the coronavirus, a pandemic that forced 56% of Latino students who participated in a summer program in 2020 to do so virtually. The survey, in which 29,500 families were interviewed, of which more than 4,000 were Latino, found that 39% of Hispanics did not enroll their children in a summer education or sports program, camps or summer school in 2019 due to the price of these programs.
And one in five mentioned transportation problems (21%) and not knowing what programs were available (20%). Many more Latino parents than whites said that academic factors and reducing high-risk behaviors are of the utmost importance when choosing a summer program for their children. EFE News
Latino groups file lawsuit against law restricting voters in Texas
Los Angeles, Jun 22 (EFE News) .- The organizations League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and Voto Latino filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against six county electoral offices in Texas, in an effort to prevent the application of a recently enacted law. state electoral law, local media reported.
The lawsuit seeks to suspend the application of the law SB 1111, signed this month by the governor Greg abbott and that is scheduled to go into effect on September 1. SB 1111 is a Republican-led measure aimed at adding restrictions to the types of addresses that can be used when a voter registers and that requires proof of residency for those using a P.O. Box.
The demand is to remove barriers
Supporters of the legislation say it will prevent Texans from using non-residential addresses when registering to vote, such as vacant lots, motels and business premises. However, critics argue that the measure would create a barrier for numerous groups of voters, particularly those with low incomes or those who move frequently.
“It would impact college students, seasonal workers, and is strictly directed against voters of color,” LULAC national president Domingo García said Tuesday in an interview with KSAT television. “We believe that we will be able to demonstrate to a federal judge the merits (of the argument) that this law is unconstitutional,” he added. The lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Austin in an effort to prevent election administrators from enforcing the law in their respective counties. EFE News
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