Blacks and Asians four times more likely to die of Covid

Black people, Asians and Hispanics hospitalised with Covid are four times likely to die compared to 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 heart disease, diabetes, renal disease, severe Covid infection with higher respiratory rates and requiring ICU admission and oxygen. Patients from low, lower-middle and upper-middle income countries were at significantly greater risk of mortality than high-income countries. Professor Karen Sliwa – one of the principal investigators of the study and director of the Cape Heart…