A study of more than 17 million people in the United Kingdom has confirmed that factors such as the age, sex and ethnicity significantly increases the risk of death related to the COVID-19.
Thirty researchers working on this study, the largest conducted so far on the subject, the results of which were published Wednesday in the scientific journal “Nature”.
Research has shown that older people, men, ethnic minorities and those who have health problems are more vulnerable to the new coronavirus.
“It highlights a lot of things that we already knew about the COVID-19, reacted Uchechi Mitchell, a public health expert from the University of Illinois at Chicago, in an interview with the New York Times. But science is a lot of repetition. The size of the study is a strength in itself, and one must continue to document the disparities.”
The researchers analyzed the medical records of 17 278 392 British. Among them, 10 926 are dead from the COVID-19 or complications related to the virus. The groups above referred to were over-represented in the deaths.
“The studies that had already been made focused a lot on patients who present in hospitals, said Dr. Ben Goldacre, of Oxford University, which is one of the authors of the research.
“It is useful and important, but we wanted to have a better perspective of the risks incurred by a little bit of all of the world. Our study subjects, it was literally anyone”, he stated to the daily american.
The analysis of the data showed that patients aged over 80 years were 20 times more likely to die from the COVID-19 than those in the fifties, and a hundred times more likely than those in the quarantine.
In addition, men are more likely to succumb than women, even those who have health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and asthma.
The factor of ethnic
In addition, 11 % of people who died from COVID traced by the researchers were not of the white race. Blacks and South Asians would be particularly at risk in the face of the new coronavirus.
These results echo a report from the “New York Times” published earlier in the week revealing that the Latino-Americans and African-Americans were three times more likely to catch the COVID in the United States and two times more likely to die of it.
Several of them are front-line staff and are particularly exposed to the virus.
“These disparities do not only occur in the United States,” concluded Julia Raifman, an epidemiologist from Boston University, who has contributed to the study.