Research highlight: Working together to examine why BAME populations in developed countries are severely affected by COVID-19

IGDORE researcher Dr @Michelle King-Okoye is leading a team of researchers to examine why people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds in developed countries are severely affected by COVID-19.

“We are currently conducting a systematic review of the reported symptoms, help-seeking accounts, and diagnosis and treatment- subjective experiences of BAME populations in developed countries with suspected, confirmed active, or previous SARS-CoV-2 and/or COVID-19 disease. The evidence clearly demonstrates that mortality rates from COVID-19 are highest among BAME populations in developed countries. Yet, there is a dearth of studies with a focus on personal experiences of being diagnosed and treated for COVID-19. We hope to give a voice to BAME individuals and families affected by COVID-19”.

The researchers working on this project are representatives of the USA, UK, Canada and the European Union, and @Michelle said she is privileged to be working alongside a team of researchers that are highly skilled and equally passionate about seeking answers to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on BAME populations.

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@Michelle, I am originally from Brazil and the Indigenous and Quilombola (quilombos were escaped slaves communities that managed to remain hidden for centuries) communities are being devastated. If you would like, I can gather resources about it and contact friends at public health institutes for you. As far as we know there, it will be hard to separate biological vulnerability from the deliberate attempt of the government to infect them, using tactics from the early days of European invasion of the New World: dropping packages with clothes and other items contaminated with the virus, crowding contaminated environments with healthy people that become sick, among other atrocities.

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@marilia, Many thanks for your interesting comment. Yes, I would very much like to get resources and possible contacts, as we hope to include as many representatives of Indigenous communities, including the Quilombos. You are absolutely right about identifying ‘hidden’ factors that are critical to the increasing mortality rates from COVID-19. Happy to connect with you and will be in touch!

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Are you a Black, Asian from a minority ethnic group or a person of colour? If so, contact @Michelle about participating in this study!

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