21 Jul Ethnicity and coronavirus (COVID-19)
The largest disparity the research shows is by age: people over 80 are seventy times more likely to die of COVID-19 than people under 40. In addition, there are troubling disparities between people of different ethnic backgrounds. The reasons are complex. Where you live, who you live with, your occupation, your socio-economic position and other inequalities may all contribute to increased risk of catching, becoming seriously ill or dying of COVID-19.
Taking all these factors into account:
- Men are much more likely to catch COVID-19 than women in all groups
- Black men are twice as likely to die of COVID-19 related causes than white men
- Bangladeshi and Pakistani men are 1.5 times more likely to die of COVID-19 related causes than white men
- Indian men are 1.6 times more likely to die of COVID-19 related causes than white men
- Black women are 1.4 times more likely to die of COVID-19 related causes than white women. Other health conditions (known as ‘comorbidities’) can also increase your risk. The evidence shows that diabetes, hypertensive diseases, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and dementia are more likely to be mentioned on death certificates of people with COVID-19 than other conditions.
Five-point guidance for Black, Asian and minority ethnic people
The first thing the task group has done is produce some guidance for Black, Asian and minority ethnic people on what they and others can do to protect themselves from COVID- 19.
In short these are:
- Know the risks
- Maintain good hygiene such as regular hand washing
- Protect yourself and others – keep two metres apart and wear a face covering
- Talk about your concerns
- Stay healthy to reduce your risk of getting ill.
The guidance is published in full on our website.
To learn more about the risks and what you can do see the Government’s coronavirus information.
You may also want to watch this short video by members of Young Essex Assembly about social distancing.
If you have concerns or need emotional support, see NHS Every Mind Matters.