Are some ethnic groups more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others

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Platt, Lucinda; Warwick, Ross
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Date of publication
1 May 2020
Social Policy, Minority Groups
Social welfare
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This briefing brings together evidence on the unequal health and economic impacts of COVID-19 on the UK’s minority ethnic groups, presenting information on risk factors for each of the largest minority groups in England and Wales: white other, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, black African and black Caribbean.

The analysis focuses on a limited but crucial set of risk factors in terms of both infection risk and economic vulnerability in the short term. Beyond the scope of this briefing are a range of other factors which may prove to be important as more research is undertaken, as well as the longer-term consequences of widespread societal disruption for the outcomes of different groups.


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