December 4, 2020

BAME patients could be prioritised for Covid vaccine –

Dr Manish Pareek, associate clinical professor in infectious diseases at the University of Leicester, said: “Our findings suggest that the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on black and Asian communities is mainly attributable to increased risk of infection in these communities. 

“Many explanations exist as to why there may be an elevated level of Covid-19 infection in ethnic minority groups, including the greater likelihood of living in larger household sizes comprised of multiple generations, having lower socioeconomic status, which may increase the likelihood of living in overcrowded households, and being employed in frontline roles where working from home is not an option.”

The researchers said some of the previous studies had failed to take into account the extra risk of infection when assessing the impact of coronavirus on different ethnicities, making it appear that some groups were at more risk of dying once infected.

The findings are published in EClinical Medicine by The Lancet.