COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted, and in some cases worsened health inequalities amongst certain groups in England. Following the release of the Public Health England (PHE) ‘Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19’ and ‘Beyond the data: Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups’ in June 2020, the ‘Build Back Fairer: COVID-19 Marmot Review’ in December 2020, and the most recent data on the impact of the second wave of COVID-19 on Londoners, we have seen the impact on Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities with higher case rates and deaths compared to the White population.
Actions are already taking place at local and regional level to reduce the disproportionate impact, but the pandemic has shone a light on structural racism and health inequality, and its roots associated with the immediate and structural factors that have impacted ethnic minorities and require long term change. Racism is a public health issue and it is vital that we develop approaches to take action to mitigate any further widening of inequalities. Click here to see ADPH London’s position statement, with intentions to develop an action plan.