Protect Latino and immigrant workers against COVID-19

In Response to the COVID-19

With the advance of COVID-19 dozens of businesses, organizations, museums, parks, schools among others have been forced to suspend activities in order to prevent the spread of the virus. As a result, hundreds of workers including many Latinos and immigrants have lost their source of income. The U.S. workforce is made up of approximately 26.8 million Latinos and immigrants, of which an estimated 63% make only minimum wage. To date the effects of coronavirus have had a detrimental effect on the country’s economy, however the repercussions could be dire for millions of workers. Therefore, measures must be put in place to ensure that workers and families with limited resources are not affected by the economic impact of this pandemic. Our authorities must protect the most vulnerable sectors of our society by giving them access to health care, paid sick days, among other essential measures to protect our workers.

 

Toolkit  COVID-19

About the COVID-19

  • A virus that is transmitted from person to person.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has called the outbreak a pandemic.
  • It can cause serious diseases such as pneumonia, especially in older people suffering from a weak immune system.

How is coronavirus transmitted?

  • It is transmitted through liquid particles coming out of the nose or mouth. When a person who has the virus coughs, sneezes, or exhales, the virus can be inhaled by others nearby (less than six feet away)

  • When particles fall on a surface and people touching the object touch their eyes, nose or mouth before washing their hands.

What are the symptoms?

  • Fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Some people may also have sore
    throats or nasal congestion and shortness of breath.
  • On average one of six infected people develops a serious disease as a result of contracting the coronavirus, these are usually individuals
    who have a weak immune system, or medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes.
  • Symptoms usually occur 2 to 14 days after transmission.

When should I undergo a medical evaluation?

  • Contact your doctor if you have a cough, fever or shortness of breath. It is not recommended that you use the emergency department at the hospital as a first step.
  • If you have shortness of breath, call 911, as it may be due to coronavirus, or another reason. If you are over the age of 60 and have diabetes, have heart problems, lung problems, make sure your doctor recommends an action plan. If you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has the virus, call your doctor.

What can I do to be protected and prevent the spread of coronavirus?

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often using an alcohol based disinfectant and/or soap and water
  • Keep a minimum distance of 1 meter (3 feet) between you and anyone who coughs or sneezes.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • What can I do to be protected and prevent the spread of coronavirus?
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow bent or with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • If you have a fever, cough and shortness of breath, seek medical attention, stay home, and follow instructions from local health authorities.

Who are the workers most at risk of
infection?

Those who interact frequently with people who are or may be infected. This usually includes those who work in the service industries, healthcare workers, airlines and transportation, and educators, among others.

What can I do to be protected and prevent the spread of coronavirus?

Employers must include a protocol against racial discrimination in their responses to COVID-19. APALA issues the following to protect AAPI workers.