Recent evidence shows that COVID-19 causes negative health outcomes more often in ethnic minority groups. However, little is known about the impact of ethnicity and household size on getting infected with the virus. Researchers from the United Kingdom recently looked at people with COVID-19 admitted to the hospital in an area with a large minority community of South Asian descent. In individuals with suspected COVID-19, those from ethnic minority communities and larger households had an increased likelihood of testing positive for the virus. Pandemic control measures may have a quicker impact on slowing viral spread among white people compared to non-white people. Research is urgently required to understand why these disparities exist, and whether public health interventions have different effects on individuals from ethnic minority groups and those who live in large households.
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