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Covid-19's Impact on BME Communities

October 31, 2020 8:03 PM

RunnymedeCovid-19 has had a devastating impact on Black and ethnic minority communities - they are over-represented in Covod-19 severe illnesses and deaths because of long-standing racial and socio-economic inequalities, and as lockdown has eased the economic fallout is further exposing vulnerable BME groups to the deadly virus.

The survey, Over Exposed and Under-Protected - The Devastating Impact of COVID-19 on Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in Great Britain (conducted by the Runnymede Trust and ICM in June 2020), illuminates why BME groups are at greater risk from Covid-19: they are more likely to be working outside their home, more likely to be using public transport, more likely to be working in key worker roles, less likely to be protected with PPE and more likely to live in multigenerational, overcrowded housing, so much less able to self-isolate and shield.