On Wednesday The Guardian released an article containing research which confirmed what we already knew to be true, that COVID-19 was disproportionately affecting those from BAME communities.
Our policy expert Ele Hicks:
Recent evidence of the impact of COVID-19 on Black and Minority Ethnic people and communities casts a spotlight on existing inequalities.
We have known for a long time that Black and Minority Ethnic people face inequalities in health, including higher incidences of some health conditions; higher levels of socio-economic deprivation, which both increases risk of some health conditions and has a significant impact on health outcomes and mortality; lower income for some groups; and career segregation, including over-representation of BME communities in front-line roles.
These and other inequalities in society and between communities highlight that not enough has been done to address inequalities before COVID-19.
UK and Welsh Government should take this opportunity to ensure that inequalities are addressed both in tailored and targeted responses to the current crisis and in future.
Putting equality and diversity, through addressing the root causes of a range of inequalities, at the heart of all legislation, policy, guidance, strategy, initiative, and action in all areas of work and all public services is vital to address these inequalities both now and in the future.
View some helpful resources relating to COVID-19 and BAME Communities here.
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