As countries gear up against COVID-19, Filipino healthcare workers are highlighted once again for their caregiving and dedication at the frontlines of the pandemic. Despite their contributions in the medical field, these brave and hard-working individuals cope with the increased discrimination. Elaine Quijano, a CBS reporter of Filipino descent, shares the tales of a few Filipino frontliners in hard-hit New York and New Jersey.
Filipino health workers are known for their presence in the healthcare industry across the globe. This medical diaspora dates back to the 1890s when Filipinos were given job opportunities in the United States. Since then, the Philippines has become the largest exporter of nurses and other medical professionals to the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Germany, and the US.
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Abigail is a senior writer in Xilium. Before joining the company, she worked as a content creator for online startups and has written about current events, health, lifestyle, and entertainment for US-based online news portals and lifestyle blog sites.