Covid-19, racism and the roots of health inequality

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  • Posted:Thursday 30 July 2020

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How is Covid-19 repeating patterns of existing health inequalities? What factors are driving the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on the health of ethnic minority populations? And what needs to happen next? Helen McKenna sits down with Natalie Creary, Programme Delivery Director at Black Thrive, and James Nazroo, Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester.

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Richard Spicer

Comment date
03 August 2020

All the speakers seem to accept without further discussion that the causes are social and not genetic but they do not really discuss the evidence for this. Many other diseases have strong genetic connections, sickle cell, thalassaemia , cystic fibrosis, type 1 diabetes for example and there seems to be a link between blood group and susceptibility to Covid-19, so why not racial origin ?
I was expecting this panel to convince me one way or another on this topic which seems to me to be unresolved. Of course I accept their explanation re. Vitamin D but they simply did not discuss the possibility of a genetic cause for the observations re. Covid-19.
There appears to be an increased problem for people over 6ft. with Covid. Is the reason for this social rather than genetic?

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