The Office for National Statistics (ONS), which found a similar ethnic variation in the impact of the coronavirus earlier this year, updated its numbers this week and also found that the factors driving inequality were more dependent on living circumstances and the type of Life-related jobs instead of pre-existing health conditions.
In light of the deaths as of July 28, 2020, men and women of black and South Asian ethnic backgrounds have been shown to have an increased risk of death for the coronavirus (COVID-19) compared to men of white ethnic backgrounds. This is similar to our previous results for deaths through May 15, 2020, ?? The ONS report said.
?? These results show that ethnic differences in mortality from COVID-19 are most closely related to demographic and socio-economic factors such as location and occupational exposure and cannot be explained by pre-existing health conditions using hospital data or self-reported health status, ??? It adds.
The results also show that men of all races have a higher death rate from the virus than women, and white people have a lower risk of death than any other ethnic group except Chinese.
In its previous analysis, ONS had viewed Bangladeshi and Pakistani ethnic groups as combined and, after separating the two ethnicities, found that men of Bangladeshi ethnic background had a higher risk of death from Covid than men of Pakistani background.
?? Today’s report confirms that when adjusting for age, death rates from COVID-19 remain higher for most ethnic minority groups, and especially for people of Black African, Black Caribbean, Bangladeshi, and Pakistani ethnicity. ?? said Ben Humberstone, assistant director of the ONS Health and Life Events Division.
The report used hospital data along with self-reported health or disability data to examine whether differences in mortality rates between people of different races were due to differences in the prevalence of pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, respiratory failure, and heart failure.
?? Our statistical modeling shows that a large part of the difference in risk of COVID-19 mortality between ethnic groups can be explained by demographic, geographic, and socio-economic factors such as where you live or the job you do. “Humberstone said.
“It was also found that while certain pre-existing conditions pose a higher risk of COVID-19 mortality in people in general, it does not explain the remaining ethnic background differences in mortality,” said Humberstone.
The updated ONS results echo other reports, including from government-backed Public Health England (PHE), which found similar ethnic differences in the effects of the deadly virus.
?? This is further evidence of the devastating and disproportionate impact COVID-19 is having on black Africans, the Black Caribbean and South Asia in particular. ?? said Marsha de Cordova, shadow secretary of state for the opposition Labor Party for Women and Equality.
?? The government has promised action, but over four months since Public Health England (PHE) made seven clear recommendations on what needs to happen, we still don’t know what was actually done. The government needs to act urgently as infections continue to rise rapidly. She said.
Another government-launched review of the factors behind the ethnic disparities in the effects of COVID-19 uncovered in the June PHE report is ongoing.
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