“We need highly accurate data on which patients are most at risk in order to manage the pandemic and improve patient care,” he said.
“The answers provided by this analysis are of crucial importance to countries around the world.
“For example, it is very concerning to see that the higher risks faced by people from BME backgrounds are not attributable to identifiable underlying health conditions.”
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) confirmed that it’s aware of the larger risk to BAME individuals.
“Any death from this virus is a tragedy and we are working incredibly hard to protect the nation’s public health,” said a DHSC spokesperson.
“We’re aware that this virus has sadly appeared to have a disproportionate effect on people from BAME backgrounds. It is critical we find out which groups are most at risk so we can take the right steps to protect them and minimise their risk.
“We have commissioned Public Health England to better understand the different factors, such as ethnicity, obesity and geographical location that may influence the effects of the virus.”
Published at Thu, 07 May 2020 12:00:00 +0000