Coronavirus is hitting certain communities hard on every front

Emerging evidence suggests that black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities appear to be disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Of the 3,883 critical patients registered in the UK on March 10, 33.6% were from BAME communities. This is despite BAME communities accounting for only 14% of the population.

This might partly be explained by the fact that BAME communities are prone to higher rates of hypertension and diabetes, which may make them more likely to develop complications if infected. BAME communities are also more likely to live in Britain’s larger cities, such as London, Birmingham and Manchester and usually within tight and densely populated inner-urban wards, such as Newham, Sparkbrook and Moss Side – where contagion rates are highest.

But we must also question whether public health and education interventions could be contributing to these high numbers.


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