Globally many people, including healthcare workers, are becoming ill and dying from COVID-19. There is evidence that people from ethnic minorities have a higher chance of going to intensive care and dying from COVID-19. This may also be the case for ethnic minorities working in the health system.
UK-REACH aims to investigate this using existing data held by national healthcare organisations to understand what the risk of having, and dying from, COVID-19 is for ethnic minority healthcare works. UK-REACH will calculate the risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19 for ethnic minority healthcare workers, with access to over two million healthcare records held by national healthcare organisations.
Dr Manish Pareek, Associate Clinical Professor in Infectious Diseases, is leading UK-REACH (UK Research Study into Ethnicity And COVID-19 outcomes in Healthcare workers), a study into if, how and why ethnicity affects COVID-19 clinical outcomes in healthcare workers, and the impact of COVID-19 on the physical and mental health of BAME healthcare workers.