Immune defences in lungs can vary with ethnicity – but doubts remain over data quality and socio-economic factors
The statistics are stark. In the second wave of the pandemic those with Pakistani backgrounds were more than twice as likely to die from Covid-19 than those from white European backgrounds. For those of Bangladeshi heritage the risk was three- to four-fold.
The disproportionate impacts of the pandemic have required policymakers to confront the question as to why some people have experienced far worse outcomes than others.
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