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The MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease at Imperial College London have published* their seventeenth report (non-peer reviewed) on COVID-19. This report looks at the clinical characteristics and outcomes of hospitalised COVID-19 patients in a London NHS trust.

Dr Riyaz Patel, Associate Professor of Cardiology, University College London, said:

“This report from a major London NHS Trust provides further important insights into the finding that BAME patients are disproportionately affected by COVID19 and is in line with previous reports recently including the ITU admissions data.

“While this work is not peer reviewed and the study is relatively small overall, it does have the advantage that factors like age and co-morbidities were accounted for, which has so far been lacking.  The data suggests that more BAME people, especially black people, are presenting to hospital with symptoms (compared to usual A&E attendances rates) even though they are younger with fewer other medical conditions than white patients.  It also suggests, a possible trend towards higher risk of dying from the illness again compared to white patients, although this is not statistically significant.

“The report does not answer our questions about why we see this difference but adds to the weight of data arguing for an urgent review and national level data analysis, in order to quickly confirm this finding and offer protection to those who may be most vulnerable.”

 

*‘Report 17 – Clinical characteristics and predictors of outcomes of hospitalised patients with COVID-19 in a London NHS Trust: a retrospective cohort study’ by Perez-Guzman et al is posted on the Imperial College London MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis website.

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Declared interests

Dr Riyaz Patel:No conflicts

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