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Black people ‘twice as likely to catch coronavirus’ than White people

News in brief: Findings from new research by NIHR and UKRI lays out what we have been told throughout the summer. With the talk of a new vaccine could this lead to Black and Asian people being prioritized? Here are the stark findings.

Individuals of Black and Asian ethnicity are at increased risk of COVID-19 infection compared to White individuals; Asians may be at higher risk of ITU admission and death. These findings are of critical public health importance in informing interventions to reduce morbidity and mortality amongst ethnic minority groups.

Over 39 million people have been infected with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) and over 1 million have died from Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) since December 2019. Ethnicity has come under scrutiny as an important risk factor for infection, severe disease and death, with evidence that ethnic minorities may be at increased risk of COVID-19 morbidity and mortality

18,728,893 patients from 50 studies were included; 26 were peer-reviewed; 42 were from the United States of America and 8 from the United Kingdom. Individuals from Black and Asian ethnicities had a higher risk of COVID-19 infection compared to White individuals. This was consistent across the analysis.

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