Social inequality is shown at all levels and the health sector is no exception. According to official public health data, of the more than 267,000 San Diego County residents who have become ill with coronavirus in the past year are Latino, yet only 1 in 5 of the people vaccinated so far are Latino.
The gap has intensified with the pandemic, bringing to the table differences in terms of employment, quality of life, and access to health care. People of color find it more difficult to comply with “stay at home,” as their jobs depend on face-to-face attendance. Children are more likely to fail in school due to lack of Internet access, or other resources needed in a stay-at-home world. And so the list goes on and on as we continue to look at these disparities.
By almost every measure, non-whites in San Diego County have fared the worst in COVID-19. The county’s Health and Human Services Agency reports that Latinos account for nearly half of all infections and make up 55 percent of cases of known race or ethnicity, higher than the Latino population (34 percent) in the county.
Nick Macchione, the director of the Health and Human Services Agency, said that although his office has worked to promote health equity through the Live Well San Diego program, many times communities do not welcome government interventions. “The issue is to break down barriers for people who don’t know how to access these services,” she said.
Similarly, information has been collected showing that supports for workers or small businesses has come unevenly, amplifying the economic and social divide. While this analysis is focused on the evolution of Covid19 in the city of San Diego, it shows the differences that exist between people of color (blacks, Latinos, Asians, and other ethnic groups) and white people in the city in this area.
It can be presumed that a global statistical analysis would show the real dimensions in which inequality between white and non-white people in the United States appears. Data collected in other states show a similar trend with respect to differences during the pandemic year.
It may be that the coronavirus is uncovering information that was not being considered before.