New research has revealed that Black and Asian care home residents in England are more likely to die of COVID-19.
Analysis of CQC data carried out by The Guardian found that COVID-19 accounted for 54% of deaths among black people in care homes compared with 44% of white people at the height of the crisis between 10 April and 15 May. Asian COVID-19 related deaths were also higher than white residents at 49%.
Kate Terroni, CQC chief inspector of adult social care, said: “Everyone involved in adult social care needs to be alert to the increased risk to people from BME backgrounds from COVID-19 in care settings.
“Every part of the sector needs to work together to look at what is behind the numbers and really examine the care people receive and what can be done to improve this situation.”
The CQC data showed that 538 BAME residents died from COVID-19 related causes in the month to mid-May with ethnic minorities making up around 3% of the care home population.
Higher COVID-19 deaths among the BAME community are believed to be partly due to greater vulnerability to heart and kidney disease, diabetes and hypertension but other factors including social isolation are also considered as a possible cause.