The Stream

Why have Filipino nurses in the US been so hard hit by COVID-19?

On Tuesday, April 27 at 19:30GMT: 
A stunning number of Filipino nurses in the United States have died of COVID-19.

According to a new study, amongst all nurses of colour, Filipinos have been hit the hardest. In fact, while Filipinos represent just four percent of the nursing workforce, they have so far accounted for 31.5 percent of nurses who died. The figures include those born in the Philippines and also US-born Filipino Americans.

So how did this one group become the frontline workers of all frontline workers? In this episode of The Stream we discuss the inequalities that researchers say contributed to this horrible phenomenon.

In this episode of The Stream, we are joined by:
Sunny Hallowell, @SGHallowell
Assistant Professor, Villanova University

Janine Cerilla
Nurse Practitioner

Rosem Morton, @RosemMorton
Nurse & Photographer