Monday, 01 February 2021 18:44

Strange differences found in Covid-19 mortality in different races

Experts from Queen Mary University in London and one of the largest funds of the UK National Health Service Barts Health conducted a study and found strange differences during the COVID-19 in patients from different ethnic groups. The results of scientific work are published in the medical journal BMJ Open. [Lenta.ru]

Scientists analyzed data from 1,737 patients over 16 years old with confirmed coronavirus infection - all of them were treated between January 1 and May 13, 2020 at one of the Barts Health Foundation hospitals. As specified, 538 patients (31 percent) were from Asia, 340 patients (20 percent) were black, another 707 people (40 percent) were white.

511 people - 29 percent of the total - died by the 30th day of treatment. It is noted that patients from ethnic minorities were younger. People from Asia were 1.54 times more likely to enter the intensive care unit and were connected to a ventilator (IVL) than white patients, and patients with dark skin color were 1.8 times more likely.

The study also found that people of Asian descent were 1.49 more likely to die than white patients, and black people were 1.3 times more likely to die. Moreover, Asian and black patients had a 50-80 percent higher risk of being on IVL and in intensive care units than white patients of the same age.

Dr. Jise Wang, a lecturer at Queen Mary University and Barts Health Foundation specialist, emphasized that the study found atypical effects of COVID-19 on blacks and people of Asian descent. "Blacks and Asians admitted to Barts Health hospitals with COVID-19 were significantly younger, more severe in carrying the disease, and had higher mortality compared to white patients of the same age and baseline health status," noted Wang.

Scientists clarified that as part of the study, they studied data from a large number of patients, but could not make a more detailed breakdown by ethnicity.

Earlier it was reported that scientists found a connection between COVID-19 and damage to the blood vessels of the brain. Coronavirus does not penetrate into brain tissues, but helps weaken the walls of small vessels inside it, which can cause bleeding and strokes.