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Black people 'twice as likely to catch coronavirus'

Black people 'twice as likely to catch coronavirus'


Black people are twice as likely as white people to catch the coronavirus, a study of 18 million
people suggests.


The research also indicates Asian people are 1.5 times more likely than white people to be infected -
and may be more likely to need intensive care.


Researchers say their findings are of "urgent public-health importance" and raise questions about
how vaccines will be prioritised within at-risk groups.


The work, in EClinical Medicine, adds support to other studies' findings.


'Structural discrimination'

There has been mounting evidence people belonging to ethnic minorities are at greater risk from


But whether the risks centre around a higher likelihood of catching the disease or of developing
more severe illness from the virus is not fully understood.


The researchers at the universities of Leicester and Nottingham looked at data from eight UK
and 42 US studies.


Some tentative evidence suggests Asian people may be at higher risk of death than other groups,
they found.


But lead researcher Dr Manish Pareek said there was little evidence the risks were driven by
genetic factors.



People belonging to ethnic minorities were more likely to work in front-line roles and live in large
households with several generations, he added.


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