At least 35 percent of Covid-19 deaths in the Asian population in the US are Filipino Americans, The Times reported.
According to the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles, of 48 Filipino Americans known to have Covid-19 in Southern California, 19 have died.
In research published by John Hopkins, the mortality rate of Filipino Americans has a mortality rate of 40 percent, which is significantly higher than the overall 3.7 percent mortality rate in the US.
It shows in the data compiled by The Times that the preexisting health conditions and occupational hazards are among factors that contribute to the high number of Filipino American deaths during the pandemic.
“Most of those who died were older than 60, and many had diabetes and hypertension. Many were retired, living in multigenerational housing with their children or in nursing homes,” the report noted.
Meanwhile, younger victims are either working healthcare or working in law enforcement and grocery stores.