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30 April 2020updated 06 Oct 2020 9:45am

Why coronavirus disproportionately harms ethnic minorities

By Samuel Horti

A series of analyses have shown that both doctors and patients from ethnic minority groups are falling severely ill and dying with Covid-19 in above average numbers. In a long read published today, New Statesman Britain editor Anoosh Chakelian asks why that’s happening – and why so little has been done about it.

Through conversations with experts and an examination of past epidemics, the piece brings together the socioeconomic, geographic, and health factors that are contributing to this worrying phenomenon, with graphics by New Statesman data journalist Ben Walker. 

“Evidence suggests that the most important factors are not genetic, but socioeconomic,” Anoosh writes. “Persistent health inequality is at least partly to blame for the disproportionate toll of Covid-19 on the BAME population.”

You can read the full piece here.

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