Kiev: The likelihood of death among infected people of Asian origin is 1.49 times higher than among patients with fair skin color. Black patients with COVID-19 are 1.3 times more likely to die than those with fair skin.
This is evidenced by the results of a study by Queen Mary University of London and the Barts Health NHS Trust, BMJ Open reports.
It is noted that scientists analyzed data from 1,737 patients over the age of 16 with confirmed COVID-19. Asians were 538 sick (31 percent), 340 (20 percent) blacks, 707 (40 percent) white people. In total, 511 patients died by day 30 - this is 29 percent of the total. However, throughout the study, all participants were in five different hospitals.
"Asians were 1.54 times more likely, and patients with dark skin were 1.8 times more likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit ... People of Asian origin were 1.49 times more likely to die than those with light skin, and in black skin it is 1.3 times higher.
In Asian and black patients, the risk of being ventilated and in intensive care units was 50-80 percent higher compared to white patients of the same age,” - the report said.
According to the World Health Organization, over 96 million cases of COVID-19 infection have been identified in the world for the entire time of the pandemic, of which 53.1 million have recovered, and more than 2.06 million patients have died.