TX Survey: Hispanics Suffer Greatest Financial Hardship from COVID-19
Monday, January 10, 2022
Half of Texas residents say COVID-19 has caused them financial hardship, and Hispanic families faced the most severe consequences, according to a new survey by the Episcopal Health Foundation.
Brian Sasser, chief communications officer for the Foundation, said the report highlighted how the pandemic is affecting Texans differently depending on household income, race and other factors.
"Fifty-nine percent of Hispanics in Texas experienced financial hardship," Sasser reported. "And in fact, Hispanics who were not born in the U.S., that number jumps to 71%."
The November survey was conducted before the Omicron variant hit the U.S. It also showed 56% of parents who have children ages 12 to 17 would support some sort of mandate at their school requiring proof of vaccination for both students and staff. And nearly half said they would support vaccination mandates for non-essential businesses, including restaurants and theaters.
Sasser pointed out the survey found those who earned less than $66,000 per year, which is 62% of Texas families, were much more likely to say they have suffered financially because of COVID-19.
"If you're an hourly worker, or you can't work from home or live in a crowded apartment complex or something similar to that, you're just affected differently than others," Sasser contended.
Texans 65 and older who said they were in poor health or suffer from chronic health conditions or a disability expressed the most concern about COVID-19.
Sasser noted the public health crisis hit those with the least resources the hardest.
"They may not have time to take off to get a vaccine because they're worried about side effects that would take them out of work," Sasser observed. "They don't get sick leave, so they can't just not go to work and still make a living."
The survey also showed one-third of Texans say they know someone who has died of COVID-19 and more than half say they or someone they know has been seriously ill. The results of those surveyed in the Episcopal Health Foundation's 2021 survey were almost identical to one conducted in 2020.
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