Health · June 25, 2022

Blacks and Asians are four times more likely to die from Covid

Black, Asian and Hispanic people hospitalized with Covid are four times more likely to die than their Caucasian counterparts, according to a new international study led by University of Cape Town (UCT) cardiologists. The main predictors of mortality were older age, over 60, male, pre-existing coronary artery disease, diabetes, kidney disease, severe Covid infection with higher respiratory rates and the need for ICU admission and oxygen. Patients from low-, middle-, and upper-income countries had a significantly higher risk of death than high-income countries. Professor Karen Sliwa – one of the principal investigators on the study and director of the Cape Heart…