With COVID-19 a threat to us all, what should you do if you feel the heat of a fever, find yourself coughing or have trouble breathing? “Llamar a su doctor pronto,” urges the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, or “Call your doctor as soon as you can.” But what if your doctor can’t understand you?

Language and cultural barriers matter — despite what opponents of Proposition 16 say — especially when nearly half of the more than 15,000 Californians killed by the virus are Latino.