ABERDEEN LEADS NEW RESEARCH PROJECT TO INVESTIGATE COVID-19 AND ETHNICITY

The University of Aberdeen is leading one of six new projects to improve our understanding of the links between Covid-19 and ethnicity, funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The projects will seek to explain and mitigate the disproportionate death rate from Covid-19 among people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, including BAME health and social care workers.

Emerging evidence shows that, after taking account of age and other sociodemographic factors, BAME people are nearly twice as likely to die of Covid-19 than white people. There is an urgent need for more detailed data on why Covid-19 disproportionately impacts people from BAME backgrounds, building the essential evidence base needed to make recommendations to decision makers and protect the health of these groups. Read the full story here.