Study Finds Blacks, Asians More Vulnerable to COVID
By Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, November 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) – Blacks and Asians in the US and UK have a significantly higher risk of COVID-19 infection than whites, according to a leading research journal.
The study authors analyzed data from more than 18 million patients with COVID-19 who were part of 50 studies published between December 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020.
Compared with white patients, black patients were twice as likely to be infected with COVID-19 and the risk was 1.5 times higher in Asian patients, according to results published online Nov. 12 in the review. EClinical Medicine.
Researchers also found that Asian patients with COVID-19 had a higher risk of admission to intensive care units and associated deaths, according to a press release from the UK’s National Institute for Health Research.
“Our results suggest that the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on black and Asian communities is primarily attributable to an increased risk of infection in these communities,” said lead author Dr. Manish Pareek, associate clinical professor in Infectious Diseases at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.
Pareek said there are many reasons for the higher rate of COVID-19 in ethnic minority groups. Among them: a greater probability of living in large multi-generational households; lower economic status, which can lead to overcrowded living conditions; and work in jobs where working from home is not an option.
According to study co-author Dr Shirley Sze, a registrar specializing in cardiology at the university, “the clear evidence of an increased risk of infection among ethnic minority groups is of urgent importance for the public health. We must work to minimize exposure to the virus in these at-risk groups by facilitating their rapid access to health care resources and targeting the social and structural disparities that contribute to health inequalities. “
To learn more about groups at increased risk for COVID-19, visit the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
SOURCE: National Institute for Health Research, press release, November 12, 2020
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