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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Brazilian Immigrant Community in the U.S: Results from a Qualitative Study

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Department of Community Health, Tufts University, 574 Boston Avenue, Medford, MA 02155, USA
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Department of Romance Studies, Tufts University, 180 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155, USA
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Office of Immigrant Affairs, City of Somerville, 42 Cross St., Somerville, MA 02145, USA
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Brazilian Women’s Group, 697 Cambridge St Suite 106, Brighton, MA 02135, USA
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Academic Editor: Paul Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(7), 3355; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18073355
Received: 19 February 2021 / Revised: 10 March 2021 / Accepted: 12 March 2021 / Published: 24 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Public Health Policy and Local Development)
While an increasing body of data suggests that marginalized groups have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, little has been published about the specific impact on Brazilian immigrants in the U.S. We conducted 15 key informant interviews, one of which included two participants (n = 16), with representatives from social service agencies, healthcare, and faith-based organizations serving Brazilian immigrants. Key informants were asked about the community’s experiences with COVID-19 testing and treatment, responses to CDC (Centers for Disease Control) guidelines, perceptions about the virus, and the pandemic’s impact on physical and mental health. Results suggest that COVID-19 has profoundly impacted Brazilian immigrants’ mental and physical health. Key informants perceived that community members faced higher risk of COVID-19 infection due to overcrowded living conditions and over-representation in public-facing and informal (e.g., housecleaning) jobs. They reported barriers to COVID-19-related healthcare services including language, immigration status, and fear of deportation. Brazilian cultural norms surrounding hygiene practices, social distancing, and information distribution have shaped the community’s pandemic response. The Brazilian community has faced extensive social, economic, and health ramifications due to the pandemic. While not unique to this community, pre-existing concerns about social disadvantage suggest a particular vulnerability of this population to the virus. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; immigrants; Brazilian; Latino; immigrant health COVID-19; immigrants; Brazilian; Latino; immigrant health
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Priebe Rocha, L.; Rose, R.; Hoch, A.; Soares, C.; Fernandes, A.; Galvão, H.; Allen, J.D. The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Brazilian Immigrant Community in the U.S: Results from a Qualitative Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 3355. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18073355

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Priebe Rocha L, Rose R, Hoch A, Soares C, Fernandes A, Galvão H, Allen JD. The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Brazilian Immigrant Community in the U.S: Results from a Qualitative Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(7):3355. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18073355

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Priebe Rocha, Leticia, Rebecca Rose, Annmarie Hoch, Cristiane Soares, Adriana Fernandes, Heloisa Galvão, and Jennifer D. Allen 2021. "The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Brazilian Immigrant Community in the U.S: Results from a Qualitative Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 7: 3355. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18073355

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