PUBLI : Sanni Yaya, Helena Yeboah, Carlo Handy Charles, et al., « Ethnic and racial disparities in COVID-19-related deaths : counting the trees, hiding the forest », BMJ Global Health, vol. 5, n°6, 2020

Summary box

  • COVID-19 has further exposed the strong asso­cia­tion between race, ethni­city, culture, socioe­co­nomic status and health outcomes and illu­mi­nated monu­mental ethno­ra­cia­lised diffe­rences reflec­ting the ‘colour of disease’.

  • Racism, segre­ga­tion and inequa­lity have been invi­sibly and perva­si­vely embedded in domi­nant cultures and social insti­tu­tions for decades.

  • The socioe­co­nomic factors that nega­ti­vely influence health outcomes within the under­served mino­rity commu­ni­ties must be iden­ti­fied and contex­tua­lised within histo­rical, poli­tical, social and economic remits.

  • Acqui­si­tion of disag­gre­gated data will be vital in iden­ti­fying gaps in the social deter­mi­nants of these health dispa­ri­ties and tailo­ring global policy responses.

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