Although Latinx populations continue to experience higher rates of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and related hospitalizations and deaths compared with White individuals,1,2 the perspectives of Latinx COVID-19 survivors and their families, particularly immigrants, have not been well appreciated. In a qualitative study, Cervantes and colleagues3 conducted interviews of Latinx individuals hospitalized for COVID-19 to identify factors associated with disparities in rates of COVID-19 and related hospitalizations and deaths and to inform public health and health care efforts to control the pandemic. The authors presented themes from 60 interviews with a diverse group of Latinx individuals, including Spanish-speaking persons and immigrants, who experienced the disease first hand. Their findings highlight the important need to address factors that contribute to distrust in the health care system and misinformation about COVID-19 to successfully prevent and treat the disease in Latinx communities. Building trust requires engaging Latinx communities, and this engagement will be especially important as we move toward vaccinating those who have been most impacted by COVID-19.
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Published: March 11, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.0737
Open Access: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC-BY License. © 2021 Ornelas IJ et al. JAMA Network Open.
Corresponding Author: India J. Ornelas, PhD, MPH, Department of Health Services, University of Washington, Box 351622, Seattle, WA 98195 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Drs Ornelas and Ogedegbe reported being co-chairs on a National Institutes of Health Community Engaged Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities workgroup and receiving funding from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute during the conduct of the study.
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