Experts from Queen Mary University in London and Barts Health, one of the UK’s largest National Health Service foundations, conducted a study and found strange differences in the course of COVID-19 in patients from different ethnic groups.
The scientists analyzed data from 1,737 patients over the age of 16 with confirmed coronavirus infection, all of whom were treated between January 1 and May 13, 2020, at a Barts Health foundation hospital. As clarified, 538 patients (31 percent) were from Asia, 340 patients (20 percent) were black and another 707 (40 percent) were white.
511 people – 29 percent of the total – had died by the 30th day of treatment. It is noted that patients from ethnic minorities were younger. Asians were 1.54 times more likely to be admitted to the ICU and put on a ventilator than white patients, and darker-skinned patients were 1.8 times more likely.
The study also found that people of Asian descent were 1.49 times more likely to die than white patients, and black patients were 1.3 times more likely to die. Moreover, Asian and black patients were 50 to 80 percent more likely to be on the ventilator and in intensive care units than white patients of the same age.
Dr. Yise Wang, a faculty member at Queen Mary University and a specialist at Barts Health Foundation, emphasized that the study found an atypical effect of COVID-19 on blacks and people of Asian descent. “Blacks and Asians admitted to Barts Health hospitals with COVID-19 were significantly younger, had a heavier disease burden and a higher mortality rate compared to white patients of the same age and baseline health status,” Wang noted.
The scientists clarified that they examined data from a large number of patients as part of the study, but were unable to do a more detailed breakdown by ethnicity.
It was previously reported that scientists found a link between COVID-19 and brain vascular damage. The coronavirus does not penetrate brain tissue, but it does help weaken the walls of small blood vessels within the brain, which can cause bleeding and strokes.