Amina Burhan was home from college in April when she and her entire family got Covid-19. All seven people living in their home in Queens, New York, including Burhan’s mother and aunt, who are health care workers, came down with fevers, fatigue and temporary loss of smell and taste.
“It was like dominoes,” Burhan, 18, told NBC Asian America. “My aunt had it first. Then my grandparents caught it, and they had it really bad — they were coughing, they couldn’t breathe — and it was pretty terrifying for a good week-and-a-half.”
Burhan said they were too scared to go to the hospital, but the family eventually recovered. (She said she got the virus a second time in November after she went back to her college campus.)
According to a new report, South Asians were among the racial and ethnic groups hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic in New York City. At 30.8 percent, South Asian Americans had the second-highest rate of test positivity, after Hispanics, and at 54.7 percent, had the second-highest rate of Covid-19 hospitalizations, after Black people, between March and May. (South Asian death rates were lower than for whites and Asian Americans as a whole.)
This study was led by Roopa Marcello, MPH and the team at NYC Health + Hospitals with contributions from Dr. Nadia Islam (NYU Langone’s CTSI Community Engagement Population Health Research Program Director) and Dr. Stella Yi.