Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
23 Jul 2021
7:07 pm

Covid-19 kills more black people: Genetics, or something else at play?

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Scientific studies into patterns seen in SA, the UK and the USA suggest that certain race groups are harder hit by Covid.

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Evidence that race and ethnicity might play a role in the infection and mortality patterns of Covid-19 is piling up, but South African doctors are cautious to draw direct links, and there are suggestions of a rather simple correlation. Scientific studies into patterns seen in South Africa, the UK, and the USA have suggested that certain race groups had increased risk of severe Covid-19 illness and death. Studies have looked at social and environmental factors but also that of genetic make-up and susceptibility to comorbidities. In the US it was found the people considered Black and Hispanic and those from...