A survey by a diaspora organisation in the United States found that two in five Indian-Americans are worried about their long-term financial stability due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but almost all are changing their lifestyle.
The Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS) said in a report that one in six tested positive or know a family member of the Indian community member who tested positive for COVID-19. However, only a few Indian-Americans faced immigration impacts from this pandemic.
“FIIDS conducted the survey of Indo-Americans to find out the impact of the COVID-19 on them and the community's response," said Khanderao Kand, director of FIIDS.
“We found various organisations and individuals from the resilient community went beyond to help the mainstream population with mask, food, medical help and staying arrangement," he added.
While five in six Indian-Americans have no change or a positive change to family relationships, one in four feel stressed or hopelessness, according to the survey.
“Almost all (Indian-Americans) are changing their lifestyle," FIIDS said.
The US is the country worst-hit by COVID-19 in the world with over 2.5 million cases and more than 125,000 deaths.