Study: Asian patients at higher risk of death from Covid-19
According to a new study, minority ethnic patients bear a higher burden of the disease than white patients. It said that while those of Black ethnicity are more likely to require hospital admission for the disease, Asian patients have an increased risk of dying in hospital from Covid-19. This suggests that different treatment strategies may be required for different ethnic groups.
"For Black patients, the issue may be how to prevent mild infection progressing to severe whereas for Asian patients it may be how to treat life-threatening complications," IANS quoted Ajay Shah, one of the study authors, as saying. Shah is the Professor of Cardiology at King's College London and Consultant Cardiologist at King's College Hospital. The study was published in the journal EclinicalMedicine.
For the study, the researchers analysed data from 1,827 adult patients admitted to King's College Hospital, south-east London, with a primary diagnosis of Covid-19 between March 1 and June 2, 2020. Out of the 872 admitted patients from inner south-east London, 48.1 per cent were found to be of Black ethnicity, 33.7 per cent White, 12.6 per cent Mixed and 5.6 per cent Asian ethnicity.
The analysis showed that Black and Mixed ethnicity patients have a three-fold higher risk of hospital admission due to Covid-19 compared to White inner-city residents of the same region. However, when it comes to in-hospital survival, there was no significant difference between Black patients and white patients.