Support for workers from Black and Asian ethnic backgrounds

During the Coronavirus pandemic, data collected by the ONS (Office for National Statistics) has suggested that people from a Black or Asian (especially South Asian) ethnic background are more likely to be at risk from serious illness from Coronavirus than other ethnic groups. As well as some people's ethnicity making it more likely that they will have underlying health conditions that increase their risk from Coronavirus, such as Diabetes or Sickle Cell Disease, the ONS suggests that there are other reasons, such as that more people from these ethnic backgrounds:

  • are key workers more likely to be exposed to infection at work or travelling to work on public transport

  • live in larger households where it might be easier for infection to spread

  • live in built-up areas where many other people live and where they might not have access to open space or a garden

  • have financial worries or have lost income during the pandemic

You can read the full ONS report, 'Coronavirus and ethnicity: a summary of what we know', here.

If you're from an ethnic group at higher risk from Coronavirus and you're concerned about your health or someone else's, or you'd just like more information and advice, there are other resources in the list below.

  • Liberate Meditation – this is an app that's available for free to NHS staff, offering culturally sensitive and diverse meditations and talks, put together by the ethnic minority community for colleagues in the ethnic minority community.

  • Race Equality Foundation – advice and information on a special Coronavirus resources page.

  • The Muslim Council of Britain – information on mental health for people from the Muslim community, as well as advice about personal safety, worship and vaccinations.

  • Ubele – Ubele (named for the Swahili-language word meaning 'the future') is a UK organisation led by people from communities of African origin or descent (also known as 'African Diaspora' communities). During the Coronavirus pandemic, they're organising events, activities and meetings, as well as offering practical support to the Black and ethnic minority communities.

  • Spark & Co – a community interest company, funded in part by the National Lottery, which supports people of colour in the UK by providing information, education and opportunity. This page is about wellbeing and coping with isolation due to Coronavirus.

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