A paper authored jointly by the van der Schaar Lab, the University of Cambridge’s Department of Medicine, and a group of Brazilian researchers has been published in The Lancet Global Health (editor-in-chief: Zoë Mullan).
The paper, which was first published on May 27, examines ethnicity as a COVID-19 risk factor in Brazil. One of its key findings is that patients who self-identify as belonging to the country’s pardo and preto ethnicities exhibit significantly higher in-hospital mortality risk than those who self-identify as branco (“white”).
A Lancet Global Health comment calls the work “a pioneering study,” noting that it “confirms in Brazil findings observed in other countries hit hard by COVID-19: that mortality rates from the pandemic differ by geographical region and ethnicity, with disproportionate impact for Black populations and other ethnic minorities.”
View the paper in The Lancet Global Health
Ethnic and regional variations in hospital mortality from COVID-19 in Brazil: a cross-sectional observational study
Pedro Otavio Baqui, Ioana Bica, Valerio Marra, Ari Ercole, Mihaela Van Der Schaar
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