British Public Figures Are Worried about the Effect of the Coronavirus on Ethnic Minorities—Excluding Jews

May 22, 2020 | Eliyahu Lann
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Two weeks ago, a group of over 70 prominent Britons signed a letter urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to conduct a government inquiry into the fact that people of African, Caribbean, and South Asian descent are dying of the coronavirus at a higher rate than whites. But the letter makes no mention of another group disproportionately affected by the pandemic, writes Eliyahu Lann:

Despite being 0.3 percent of the total population, the latest reports state that Jews make up 2.1 percent of COVID-19 fatalities, [i.e., they] are over four times more likely to die of COVID-19 than the general public. There are explanations similar to those [explaining the death rates of other minorities]. Three out of five Jews live in London, the epicenter of the pandemic. Twenty-one percent of Jews are aged sixty-five and above, compared to 16 percent of the general public. However, Jews are healthier than the general population and are less likely to be impacted economically than black African or Caribbean people, as over a third are self-employed.

Studies such as “Evidence Mounts on the Disproportionate Effect of COVID-19 on Ethnic Minorities” in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine and “Are Some Ethnic Groups More Vulnerable to COVID-19 Than Others?” in the IFS Deaton Review, have neglected the British Jewish community as they fail to mention how [its members] are contracting COVID-19 at the same rate or higher than those of other minority communities.

The medical negligence from researchers, UK media organizations, and the UK government fail to inform accurately the wider British public and the Jewish community on the effects of COVID-19.

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