Queens borough seems to be the epicenter of the virus in New York City, where large numbers of Filipinos live. 20% of nurses in the state of California and 4% of nurses in the US are Filipinos. Asian Americans experienced COVID-related racism Filipinos included. 30% of the Filipino American population in New York City are nurses or other healthcare workers.
Here are 5 hypotheses of how Filipino Americans could be impacted by COVID-19, according to https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/unseen-and-unheard/202004/5-ways-covid-19-might-be-affecting-filipino-americans.
Hypothesis 1: Filipino Americans might be at higher risk for contracting COVID-19
Along with Black workers, Filipinos don’t have many chances of having professional or managerial jobs. The health care system, post office, grocery store, airport are the most common fields of work that Filipinos have access to. All of them represent high exposure risks. Being likely overrepresented in the health care workers’ frontlines, the Filipino American population is exposed to a higher possibility of getting infected.
Hypothesis 2: Filipino Americans are concerned about community health impacts
31% of the Black people, 43% of the Hispanics, and 25% of the Filipinos are very concerned about getting infected and hospitalized. Only 18% of White people share the same fear. 38% of Black people, 49% Hispanic, and 57% Filipinos are very concerned about unknowingly spreading the disease. Only 28% of White folks do so. 85% of 108 Filipinos worry that someone close might end up getting seek.
Hypothesis 3: Filipino Americans might be at higher risk for developing severe COVID-19 illnesses
Having poor health states, Filipinos are at high risk of developing complications if they get infected with the virus. Obesity, hypertension, asthma, and diabetes are among the most frequent illnesses that Filipinos suffer from, all of them being risk-factors for more severe COVID-19 illness.
Hypothesis 4: Filipino Americans are likely distressed or grieving due to COVID-19
Anxiety, depression, and trauma are more likely to develop among the Black and Filipino population because of someone close being hospitalized or dying as a result of COVID-19 infection. 42% of 271 Filipino know someone that was either hospitalized or died. Only 13% of the Hispanic and White populations had similar experiences.
Hypothesis 5: Filipino Americans’ experience of COVID-related racism
65% of East Asians have experience COVID-19-related racism. Only 7% of 1100 people reporting racism were Filipino Americans. Filipino phenotype, history, and culture aren’t consistent with the rules of the race. That makes them less exposed to racism in general as compared to the rest of Asian populations.