SAPHA President Speaks with The Juggernaut on the Impact of COVID-19 on the South Asian Community

What’s Really Killing Us?

By Ashish Valentine and Anna Luy Tan

Originally published on The Juggernaut.

Yousra Yusuf, president of the South Asian Public Health Association (SAPHA), said those predispositions translate to higher risks of developing severe complications from the coronavirus. COVID-19 infection and mortality data for South Asian Americans are still not available — South Asians are counted under a more general Asian American category, sometimes along with Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. “Not having that data puts us at a disadvantage of knowing where and which communities need help,” Yusuf said. In New York, for example, South Asian community leaders say that the city’s official numbers don’t represent the community’s true death toll.”