New review says BAME groups at higher risk of dying from Covid-19

A new review has shown the risk of dying from Covid-19 is higher among Black and Asian Minority Ethnic Groups compared to white groups. Healthwatch awaits recommendations from these findings which will really benefit BAME staff and patients.
BAME report

Although the Public Health England report published this week says the reasons for these health inequalities is complex, it also says infection is greater in urban areas and jobs in certain professions, such as nursing, caring and driving the public pose a higher risk.

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Covid-19 Disparities Review PHE


Weston Hospital was forced it to close to new admissions on May 25 after a spike in cases affecting staff and patients.

Gromico Joseph who is on the advisory committee of the Weston Association of Malayalees said his group was helping more than 80 families in Weston who were shielding or had a family member with Covid-19. Many of them are nurses at Weston Hospital or work in local care homes. He said: “We have around 20 volunteers who are helping people get essentials. We have had around 25 plus cases in our community.” Mr Joseph said he thought a vitamin D deficiency could make Malayalees more likely to develop Covid-19 and he would like tests made publicly available.

Healthwatch is looking forward to hearing the recommendations from this report , so that its findings can benefit BAME staff and patients.
— Our Area Manager Vicky Marriott

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