Unmasking an Invisible Community: Unique Influences on and Consequences of COVID-19 among South Asians in the United States
Current and former SAPHA board members have recently published a practitioner’s essay, Unmasking an Invisible Community: Unique Influences on and Consequences of COVID-19 among South Asians in the United States, that aims to explain the distinct influences on and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on South Asians, the second-largest Asian American population, to delineate specific recommendations within a framework of health equity.
This essay reviews disparities in COVID-10 testing, infection, and mortality, the need for data disaggregation, and the absence of the South Asian perspective in research and media. It starts by presenting an overview of South Asians in the United States including historical and current experiences of disenfranchisement. Specifically, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it highlights healthcare considerations including access to healthcare, comorbidities, mental health, and women’s health as well as the impacts of immigration and other policies for those with nonimmigrant visa status and undocumented immigrants.
The essay is a part of a special issue published by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center’s AAPI Nexus Journal: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice titled Inflection Point 2020: Coronavirus, Census And Elections For AAPIs (Fall 2020).