Blacks and Asians in the United States and Britain have a higher chance of contracting COVID-19 than white people, a large research review found.
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Blacks and Asians in the United States and Britain have a higher chance of contracting COVID-19 than white people, a large research review found.
The study authors analyzed data from more than 18 million COVID-19 patients who were part of 50 studies published between 1 December 2019 and 31 August 2020.
Compared with white patients, black patients were twice as likely to develop COVID-19 infection and the risk was 1.5 times higher among Asian patients, according to findings published online Nov. 12 in the journal EClinical Medicine.
The researchers also found that Asian patients with COVID-19 had a higher risk of being admitted to intensive care units and related deaths, according to a news release from the UK’s National Institute of Health Research.
“Our findings suggest that the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on black and Asian communities is mainly due to the increased risk of infection in these communities,” said senior author Dr. Manish Pareek, associate clinical professor of infectious diseases at the University of Leicester in the UK.
Pareek said there were many reasons for the high number of COVID-19 among ethnic minority groups. Among them: more likely to live in large households with many generations; lower economic status, which can lead to overcrowded living conditions; and hold jobs where working at home is not an option.
According to study co-author Dr. Shirley Sze, cardiology specialist registrar at the university, “The clear evidence of an increased risk of infection among ethnic minority groups is very important for public health. We must work to minimize exposure to the virus in these risk groups by facilitating their timely access to health care resources and targeting. social and structural inequalities that contribute to health inequalities. “