By Robert PreidtHealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Black and Asian COVID-19 patients are more likely than white patients to have severe illness, a new British study finds.
Patients who were Black or of mixed ethnicity were three times more likely to be admitted to the hospital than white patients.
Survival rates were about the same for Black and white patients.
While Asian patients weren’t more likely than white patients to be hospitalized, their need for intensive care and death rate in the hospital was higher than the other groups, the study found.
“For Black patients, the issue may be how to prevent mild infection progressing to severe, whereas for Asian patients it may be how to treat life-threatening complications,” Shah said in a hospital news release.