COVID-19 and ethnicity: who will research results apply to?

Shaun Treweek* (Corresponding Author), Nita G. Forouhi, K. M. Venkat Narayan, Kamlesh Khunti

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The toll of COVID-19 is not equal. Evidence globally shows a greater COVID-19 burden with older age, male sex, obesity, comorbidities, and poverty.1, 2, 3, 4 Early data suggest that people from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) groups in the UK and Black, Hispanic, and Native American groups in the USA are disproportionately at risk of severe COVID-19 complications and deaths.3, 5 A recent systematic review of published, preprint, and grey literature concluded that BAME communities are at increased risk of infection from severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 and have more adverse outcomes, including death.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1955-1957
Number of pages3
JournalThe Lancet
Issue number10242
Early online date12 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2020




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