Covid-19 impact on ethnic minorities linked to housing and air pollution

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Exclusive: Minority ethnic patients twice as likely to live in deprived environments and to be admitted to intensive care

The severe impact of Covid-19 on people from minority ethnic groups has been linked to air pollution and overcrowded and poor-standard homes by a study of 400 hospital patients.

It found patients from ethnic minorities were twice as likely as white patients to live in areas of environmental and housing deprivation, and that people from these areas were twice as likely to arrive at hospital with more severe coronavirus symptoms and to be admitted to intensive care units (ITU).

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