Although many have called COVID-19 “the great equalizer” in that it has affected every community, every family, and every individual, it is anything but an equalizer. This pandemic has illuminated and exacerbated the already clear health inequalities and negative health outcomes for minority and at-risk populations, one of these being the Latinx community.
The Latinx community is extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. This heavy burden can be attributed to the inequities in the social determinants of health, such as income, education, housing, and health care access (Despres, 2020). If we dig a bit deeper, we will also find that health literacy impacts these social determinants. Health literacy is defined as the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, process, and understand health information and services to make appropriate health decisions (CDC, 2020).