Already at high risk for infection, older AAPI people are also more likely to live in poverty, and many are socially and linguistically isolated.
For social service providers, looking after older AAPI people during the coronavirus outbreak can be a challenging endeavor. Already at high-risk for infection, many of them are also socially and linguistically isolated, which makes online and word-of-mouth outreach ineffective. The poverty rate among older AAPI people is also significantly higher than that of the general population. The partnership between Asian Counseling and Referral Service and King County Metro is one of many new ad hoc collaborations between established community organizations, transportation services and mutual aid groups to address these difficulties.