Scary! Latinos Three Times More Likely to Die From Asthma Than Other Groups in U.S.

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Well, this is a bit terrifying. Latinos are three times more likely to die from asthma than other ethnic or racial groups in the United States, a new study from the Environmental Defense Fund reports. The discrepancy is due in large part to socioeconomic, housing and health care divisions in the country, reports Fox News Latino.

Nearly 1 in 10 Latino children under the age of 18 suffer from the respiratory illness, and Latino children are 40 percent more likely to die from asthma than non-Latino whites.

“We can help address the immediate problem through other avenues – like improving health care coverage or worker protections,” the EDF says on their site. “But ultimately, we need to address the root of the problem. We need to get rid of the air pollution and toxins that are linked to asthma.”

Big factors in asthma rates: work environments in areas of contruction, agriculture and manual labor (which many immigrants work in) and substandard housing.

Nearly 1 in 2 Latinos in the U.S. live in counties that frequently violate ground-level ozone standards. Hispanics are also 165 percent more likely to live in counties with unhealthy levels of particulate matter pollution than non-Latino whites, and nearly 2 in 5 Latinos lives within 30 miles of a power plant, the EDF stated.

“People with asthma are especially sensitive to the pollutants released from cars, buses, heavy machinery, factories and power plants, including particulate matter (soot), ground-level ozone (smog), carbon monoxide and more,” the organization added.

So what can we do? Routine checkups and health care is a start. For more information and helpful tips, head to aafa.org.

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