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

Bibliographical note

KK is the national lead for ethnicity and diversity for the National Institute for
Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaborations in the UK and Director
of the University of Leicester Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic Health.
KK receives support from the NIHR Applied Research Collaborations East
Midland (NIHR ARC-EM) and the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre.
NGF has received grant funding from the MRC Epidemiology Unit
(MC_UU_12015/5) and NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Cambridge: Nutrition, Diet, and Lifestyle Research Theme (IS-BRC-1215-20014). ST leads work to develop the NIHR INCLUDE approach to BAME group involvement in trials. KMVN declares research reported in this publication was supported by the
National Institute Of Diabetes And Digestive And Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P30DK111024. The content
is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. We declare no other competing interests.




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