Coronavirus: Are ethnic minorities more at risk? – BBC Newsnight

published on July 23, 2020

When health workers started dying from covert 19 they seem to be disproportionately from black Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds now politicians have started to ask questions about it we need to urgently investigate why

People from bein backgrounds appear to be more at risk from coronavirus there does appear as you say to be a dis report at impact of the virus upon BM II communities the government has already launched an inquiry into what's going on

Here and the BMA has raised concerns too about the reporting of the data but what data do we actually have on this the latest NHS England numbers show that 18 percent of those who have died in hospitals after testing positive for

Kovac 19 were from ethnic minority backgrounds that compares to that our census in 2011 which showed 14 percent of people were from black Asian and ethnic minorities but there appears to be a stark a difference in intensive

Care those data showed that a third of those in the intensive care with Co 419 were from ethnic minorities these are only two data sets studies from around the world are looking to see if there are specific risks of severe Cova dil

'no sin certain communities I think there are some uncertainties and I think that's why we really do need to form up these data just to so broad factors and it might be different in different communities one may be that there's a

Social element to this in the sense that certainly for example Masaryk the Asian community the way they live their lives is much more family orientated and perhaps the social distancing aspect has been more difficult for them the second

Part could be that once they have had the virus and even for the same level of viral infection their capacity perhaps cope with the immune response that comes from the virus is is diminished in some way and we know for example there are

Biological reasons that these communities are at high risk of diabetes there are biological reasons for example that there are high risk of other chronic diseases thus their capacity or their buffering

Capacity as it were to cope the infection and with the severe infection that happens may be somewhat less than perhaps in the white community well studies are ongoing medical advice for those communities and the general

Population is too socially distance and try to exercise and have as healthier diet as possible

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