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Coronavirus: What's the guidance for ethnic minorities?
Tuesday, 9 June · 2 min read

Multiple reports suggest that people from ethnic minorities are at greater risk of being severely affected by or dying from coronavirus.

There are many potential reasons for this, including the fact that people of south Asian, Caribbean or African origin have a higher risk of developing chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, which raise the risk of having a serious coronavirus infection.

If you're worried, it's important to follow guidance from the World Health Organization around social distancing, handwashing and wearing face coverings in public, but you can also:

  • avoid crowded places and public transport where possible
  • look after your physical health by staying active
  • eat a balanced diet
  • make sure you isolate anyone in your household who tests positive for coronavirus, or has symptoms, and protect yourself

This guidance applies to people of all ethnicities, but if you're from an ethnic minority group and are living with a chronic condition, it’s worth being extra vigilant.

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