Coronavirus, race and income: How the virus discriminates
Does COVID-19 discriminate?
Now, as the pandemic kills hundreds across the world each day, experts say evidence is mounting that other socioeconomic factors -- specifically connected to race and income -- influence who become sick and who dies.
what do stats say
A slew of recent studies have highlighted how people from minority backgrounds in Britain and the United States -- two of the hardest hit nations -- are disproportionately more likely to die from COVID-19 than their white counterparts.
Research printed in the Journal of the American Medical Association this month found that COVID-19 mortality was "substantially higher" among black and Latino patients than in white patients.
Deprivation a key factor
That found that black Britons were 2.5 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than their white compatriots.
In addition, several studies suggest that deprivation is a key determinant in COVID-19 cases.
"A two-tiered system"
"If we look back to March -- which is astounding -- if you were networked enough and rich enough you could go and purchase a COVID test, just if you were curious if you had it or not," she told AFP.
Poorer areas of Stockholm -- where many migrants live -- have seen up to three times as many cases per capita as wealthier areas.
Within Britain's health service, several studies suggest that BAME doctors and nurses may be the victims of systemic discrimination.