Exeter, Devon UK • Apr 24, 2024 • VOL XII

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Exeter academics design a COVID risk calculator to keep BAME health workers safer

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Exeter academics design a COVID risk calculator to keep BAME health workers safer

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A team of experts, lead by Dr David Strain, Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School and co-chair at BMA Medical Academic Staff Committee, have designed a tool to identify those at the highest risk to COVID-19.

Nearly 94 per cent of the doctors who have died of COVID-19 in the UK are of BAME heritage.

The risk calculator was designed in response to the urgent need to identify healthcare workers at higher risk of developing a severe form of COVID-19. The tool incorporates evidence from an NHS England-commissioned report regarding the impact of the virus on black and ethnic minority communities.

Nearly 94 per cent of the doctors who have died of COVID-19 in the UK are of BAME heritage.

It uses a point-based system to define an individual’s risk of developing severe COVID-19. A point is added for each risk factor, including being male, being from a BAME background and having certain pre-existing health conditions.

Dr David Strain said the tool aims to “facilitate conversations to keep people safer” as it aids discussions around the kind of duties a person should be assigned at work.

The risk calculator, available to download from the British Medical Association website, will provide relief for high-risk individuals, making them feel safer and more supported in their workplace. 


Editor: Ella Shadwell

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