24 Percent of Latina Women Have Lost Family Member to COVID-19: Poll

Amid a pandemic that has disproportionately affected people of color, roughly one in four Latina women in the U.S. have reported losing a family member to COVID-19, according to a new poll.

The survey, which was conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of a group of reproductive rights organizations, found that at least 24 percent of Latina women have had a family member die from the coronavirus.

The survey also found that Latina women are at least 5 percent more likely to become sick or have a family member become sick with COVID-19 than other women of color, including Black women and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) women.

In total, nearly 80 percent of Latina women have reported feeling personally affected by the pandemic, whether it be through becoming ill, losing a family member, losing a job, being evicted, or struggling to make payments. At least 37 percent of Latina women also reported facing mental health difficulties throughout the pandemic, as compared to 29 percent of Black women and 34 percent of AAPI women.

Spanish vaccine sign
Nearly one in four Latina women have lost a family member to COVID-19, according to a new poll. Here, a sign written in Spanish promotes free COVID-19 vaccination doses outside a Walgreens mobile bus clinic on June 25, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. Mario Tama/Getty Images

The survey was conducted from 1,617 adult women in the U.S. who self-identify
as Black or African American; of Hispanic, Latina, or Spanish-speaking background; or Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI), or of any ethnicity/national origin recognized in the Asian race category by the U.S. Census Bureau. Interviews were conducted from April 7 to May 16, 2021.

The survey comes after more than a year of statistics showing that people of color have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to July data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Black and Hispanic people are now hospitalized at 2.8 times the rate as white people and contract the virus at least 1.1 times the rate. Additionally, vaccination rates across the country have frequently been lower among people of color than white individuals since the rollout first began in December.

More than half of the women surveyed in the new Harris Poll believe that Americans should be given more financial assistance and direct cash payments as we continue to recover from the pandemic. Additionally, over 50 percent of women in each ethnic group said they believe the government should work on getting everyone in the U.S. vaccinated against the virus.

So far, less than 10 percent of Black and Asian Americans have been vaccinated for COVID-19, while roughly 16 percent of Hispanic and Latino Americans have received at least one dose, according to the CDC. By comparison, over 58 percent of white people in the U.S. are at least partially vaccinated against the virus.

By Saturday, 164.4 million people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the U.S. and 57.5 percent of the country has received at least one dose.