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Black Men Have Greater Risk of Coronavirus Death Than White Men, ONS Data Shows

The risk of coronavirus death differs among people of different ages, ethnic groups, and health conditions. According to the Office for National Statistics, men with black ethnicity are more likely to die of coronavirus infection.

The latest figures involved the origin of the people and the population density in the area. It also accounts for the social deprivation of the people and if they live in an extended family household.

The data also shows that men from Pakistan and India have a 1.6 times higher risk of death related to coronavirus. Also, Bangladeshi men have a 1.5 higher risk of death as compared to white men. The risk in females coming from the black ethnic background is the same as white women. The women from Bangladesh, China, Pakistan, and India have the same death rate.

Nick Stripe from ONS said that black males face a higher risk of coronavirus death as compared to the people belonging to other ethnic communities. He also said that the ONS is looking for the reason for this increased risk. Also, they are considering the underlying health conditions in these individuals which might have an impact.

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Recently, Public Health England (PHE) released a report about the prevalence of coronavirus in the Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) community. The risk of coronavirus death is greater in these communities mainly due to racism. Also, these people face socioeconomic inequality which is a contributing factor to increased risk of coronavirus.

The data was also collected based on the religion of the males. According to the figures, Muslim males are more susceptible to coronavirus death as compared to other religious groups. The risk is 2.5 times greater than men without any religion.

The death rate of Muslim males due to coronavirus in Wales and England was 198.9 fatalities per 100,000 individuals. Likewise, the mortality rate in Muslim females was 98.2 fatalities per 100,000 women. This data was collected during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.

On the contrary, people who belong to no religious group showed significantly less risk of death. This group of people had 80.7 mortalities in males for every 100,000 individuals. Also, the death rate in females was 47.9 mortalities per 100,000 individuals.

Most of the people from the BAME community tend to live in overcrowded areas and their households have multigenerational individuals. These factors lead to a greater spread of coronavirus infection.

The data also shows that Jewish males are at two times greater risk of coronavirus death than Christian males. The trend is nearly the same in Jewish females as well.

The death rate in Hindu males is 154.8 mortalities per 100,000 males and for females, the death rate is 93.3 per 100,000 females. Similarly, for Sikh people, the death rate is 128.6 and 69.3 for males and females respectively in every 100,000 individuals.

This data shows that people coming from minority or black ethnic backgrounds have a higher risk of coronavirus death. It is also more prevalent in Muslim religious groups. Also, these minority groups do not have enough social and economic representation which puts them at greater risk of coronavirus infection.

Bisma Nasar

I am a freelance writer and my field of expertise is Microbiology and Genetics. I also write about advancements in medicine and general health.

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