Review of disparities in risks and outcomes of COVID-19 between ethnic groups and by level of deprivation


This latest report from UK think tank New Policy Institute looks at the PHE recent review report.

The two findings concern PHE’s estimates of the infection fatality rates (IFRs), that is, the risk of dying from COVID-19 among people who have tested positive for the virus. Our analysis draws on summary information provided by PHE to calculate the infection risk, that is, the chance of catching the virus (confirmed by a test). The purpose of this is to show that both parts of the overall (population) risk – of infection, and of dying when infection has been confirmed – are higher for BAME groups than for the White British population. This helps focus attention on where action is needed.

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