The impact of Ethnicity on clinical outcomes in COVID-19: A
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The relationship between ethnicity and COVID-19 is uncertain. Researchers performed a systematic review to assess whether ethnicity has been reported in patients with COVID-19 and its relation to clinical outcomes.

Researchers performed a systematic review looking at evidence on the role of, and outcomes by, ethnicity in COVID-19. They found 17 published studies of patients with COVID-19 which reported data on ethnicity; 1 reported an increased risk of acquiring SARS-CoV-2 in Black compared to White patients and 5 reported no association between ethnicity and clinical outcomes. Of grey literature, 7 reported poorer clinical outcomes in BAME compared to White patients. 34 preprint articles reported ethnicity; 13 reported an increased risk of acquiring infection with SARS-CoV-2 and 12 reported adverse clinical outcomes with COVID-19 in BAME compared to White patients.

Implications of all the available evidence:
Increasing numbers of articles from the UK and USA in the grey BAME communities are at increased risk of infection from SARS-CoV-2 and worse clinical outcomes including hospitalization, ITU admission and mortality, compared to White patients. Data on ethnicity in patients with COVID-19 in the medical literature however remains limited. Future research on this topic is of urgent public health importance.

Source: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(20)30148-6/fulltext
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