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Coronavirus: Black African deaths three times higher than white Britons

Sarah Best

4th May 2020

It has been reported that patients from black African backgrounds that are suffering from coronavirus are more likely to die than white Britons.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found that after accounting for "differences in age, sex and geography, the study estimated that the death rate for people of black African heritage was 3.5 times higher than for white Britons."

One explanation for the difference was that black Africans are more likely to work in key worker roles. It was also highlighted that people from other ethnic minority groups were also more adversely affected by the impacts of the virus. For example, approximately "two-thirds of Bangladeshi men over the age of 60 have a long-term health condition." Research into the coronavirus has shown that people with underlying health conditions are more likely to be affected.

This article could be used for the Health unit (the unequal distribution of health chances in the UK by [...] ethnicity and region).

Sarah Best

Sarah is a passionate full-time Head of Sociology and Psychology and has worked in a variety in schools in the UK, and she is currently working in a British international school. She is keen to develop and boost the profile of both subjects.

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