Why re-invent the wheel? Social network approaches can be used to mitigate sars-cov-2 related disparities in latinx seasonal farmworkers

Mariano Kanamori, Daniel Castaneda, Kyle J. Self, Lucy Sanchez, Yesenia Rosas, Edda Rodriguez, Cho Hee Shrader, Juan Arroyo-Flores, Ariana Johnson, John Skvoretz, Daniel Gomez, Mark Williams

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Abstract

Latinx seasonal farmworkers are essential workers and are at elevated risk for SARS-CoV-2 in the United States. Risk factors for SARS-CoV-2 are unique to this population and include crowded living conditions, isolated social networks, and exploitative working environments. The circumstances and cultural values of Latinx seasonal farmworkers pose a unique challenge to public health authorities working to contain the spread of SARS-CoV-2. This community is in dire need of urgent public health research to identify opportunities to prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission: social network methods could be the solution. Using previously collected and new information provided by a team of experts, this commentary provides a brief description of Latinx seasonal farmworker disparities that affect tracking and treating SARS-CoV-2 in this important group, the challenges introduced by SARS-CoV-2, and how social network approaches learned from other infectious disease prevention strategies can address these disparities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number12709
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume18
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2021

Keywords

  • Farmworkers
  • Latino
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Social networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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