Lockdown orders to fight the coronavirus are keeping a large portion of the US population at home. HolaDoctor, a leading health and wellness company for Hispanics in the US, launched a survey in order to understand how Latinos are being impacted by the crisis. Its results reveal that this particular group is experiencing higher rates of anxiety and stress as well as fear of what the future holds. Most participants also believe that the lockdown should not end before June 1.
MIAMI, May 14, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- According to the Census Bureau, there are nearly 59 million Hispanics living in the United States, making it the second largest and the fastest growing population group in the country and amounting to 18 percent of the total population. HolaDoctor, a leading health and wellness company for the Hispanic population in the United States, has conducted a survey of Latinos to better understand how this important demographic is coping with coronavirus lockdowns. The results of the survey speak for themselves: The long lockdowns, and the uncertainty caused by the advance of the disease, are deeply affecting the Latino population. More than a fifth of respondents acknowledge that they are suffering from anxiety, while 15.7 percent say they have trouble sleeping; another 15.7 percent suffer from increased stress. Nearly 12 percent recognize they have gained weight.
And, perhaps most distressingly, nearly a third of respondents said they fear what the future may hold.
The survey also asked the Latino community about their living conditions during the pandemic . In general, Hispanic families live in large groups: almost 25 percent of respondents live in households of five or more, more than 15 percent in households of four, and over 25 percent in households of three people.
Hardships in Dealing With Medical Emergencies
Another section of the HolaDoctor survey sought to learn about the health protection available to the Latino population. In their answers, 34.5 percent consider that their health insurancegives them enough coverage to face Covid-19.
However, 26.5 percent think they should expand their coverage and almost 13 percent recognize that their health insurance is insufficient for the situation. Moreover, around 26 percent lack any protection, responding that they do not have health insurance.
In addition to this information on health protection, it is important to note that nearly half of the Hispanics in the United States say that at least one person in their family has suffered pay cuts or layoffs due to the coronavirus. These data, revealed by the Pew Hispanic Center, contrast with the national average of 33 percent of people describing this problem in their homes. Latino workers are especially suffering from the impact of the crisis on the economy, since at least eight million Latinos worked in the hospitality industry, one of the hardest hit sectors.
End the lockdown as late as possible
On the other hand, the HolaDoctor survey also sought to learn the Hispanic population's opinion about the end of the lockdown. The vast majority, almost 65 percent, believe that the lockdown should continue until at least June 1. In fact, 35 percent say it should last beyond June 15.
In general, respondents reject an immediate halt to the lockdown: Only 15 percent think it should end immediately.
Furthermore, more than 50 percent of survey participants think that each state in the union should impose its own lockdown exit strategy.
The best information against Covid-19
At HolaDoctor, in addition to providing medical services and insurance of all kinds (health, accident, and life), we offer the most complete Spanish-language information about the coronavirus epidemic and its effects.
A large team of experts in medical information, insurance, and other health-related products writes and publishes brochures, advice, and all kinds of informational articles about Covid-19 and the situation facing the United States and practically every other country in the world.
With this enormous coordinated effort by its experts, editors, and writers, HolaDoctor has established itself as the leading source of information on the coronavirusfor the Hispanic community. All of the information can be found on its website (mobile compatible for smartphones): https://holadoctor.com/es/coronavirus-covid-19