COVID-19 research in Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities

People from all minority ethnic groups (apart from Chinese and mixed-race groups) are at greater risk of becoming very sick with COVID-19 than the white population in the UK. In particular, black men and women are nearly twice as likely as white people to die from COVID-19. We need to understand why and tackle this urgently through health research.

We encourage you, using this website, to learn more about research so that you understand what’s involved, how to find studies happening near you and how to help with COVID-19 research.

Omid Djalili is a British stand-up comedian, actor, and writer and in this video, together with some guest friends, he urges people to come forward to help.

About the Centre for BME Health

The Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Health researches issues affecting the health and wellbeing of ethnic and migrant communities. Their aim is to address inequalities in health care access and health outcomes and they provide a range of resources to support this aim.

Translated research videos

series of videos from Barts Health NHS Trust in London describe two types of research studies underway on COVID-19. The videos have been produced for patients and their families and have been translated into Hindi, Urdu, Sylheti, Bangla and Russian. 

Find out more

We want you to learn about research, and then, providing you are comfortable, find out how you might be able to help with COVID-19 research. Follow these links to learn more about the research journey for volunteers.