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Advice for people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds

Coronavirus safety: Five-point guidance for people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds

Research shows that if you are from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background you are at a greater risk of both catching, becoming seriously ill and dying from COVID-19.

Here are some things you and others can do to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19.

  1. Know the risks
    • men are much more likely to die from COVID-19 than women
    • men of African, Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani heritage are more likely to die from COVID-19 than white men
    • black women are more likely to die from COVID-19 than white women
    • you are at higher risk if you are aged over 65, and even greater risk if you are aged over 85
    • some health conditions also make you more vulner-able to COVID-19. These include diabetes and hy-pertension
    • understand how these risks impact on you and your family
  2. Maintain good hygiene 
    • wash your hands frequently
    • catch coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues
    • throw away used tissues
    • if you don’t have a tissue use your sleeve
    • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
    • avoid contact with people who are unwell
  3. Protect yourself and others
    • keep the recommended social distance of two metres where possible, one metre as a minimum
    • wear a face covering; you must do so on public transport and try to do so you’re if likely to be in con-tact with others
    • be careful at family or social events
    • think about others in the group who may be more vulnerable than you
    • if you think you have COVID-19 stay home and get tested
  4. Talk about your concerns
    • talk to your GP or call 111 if you think you have symptoms
    • if you’re worried about returning to work, talk to your employer
    • if you’re worried about talking to your employer, talk to your union or the Health and Safety Executive
    • if you need emotional support see NHS Every Mind Matters
  5. Stay healthy

Research sources: ONS Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by ethnic group, England and Wales: 2 March 2020 to 15 May 2020 
Public Health England: COVID-19: Review of disparities in risks and outcomes
Public Health England: Beyond the data: Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups

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Published by Essex Resilience Forum, July 2020

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