The Pandemic’s Effect on Undocumented Immigrants’ Health

April 22, 2020

A Rutgers expert discusses why immigrants are especially vulnerable during the pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, undocumented immigrants face challenges obtaining resources and health care services needed to stay safe

Karen D’Alonzo, an associate professor at Rutgers School of Nursing and director of the Center for Community Health Partnerships, which works to bridge health disparities in Mexican-American neighborhoods in New Brunswick, says working in unprotected environments, language barriers and the fear of deportation puts immigrants at an even greater risk of getting sick. D’Alonzo discusses the challenges that immigrants face in daily living and staying well.