Advice for people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds

Research by Public Health England shows that if you are from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background you are at a greater risk of both catching, becoming seriously ill and dying from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Here are some things you and others can do to protect yourself and your family from coronavirus.

1. Know the risks

  • Men are much more likely to die from COVID-19 than women
  • Men of African, Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani heritage are more likely to die from COVID-19 than white men
  • Black women are more likely to die from COVID-19 than white women
  • You are at higher risk if you are aged over 65, and even greater risk if you are aged over 85
  • Some health conditions also make you more vulnerable to COVID-19. These include diabetes and hypertension
  • Understand how these risks impact on you and your family

2. Maintain good hygiene

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Catch coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues
  • Throw away used tissues
  • If you don’t have a tissue use your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are unwell

3. Protect yourself and others

  • Keep the recommended social distance of two metres where possible, one metre as a minimum
  • Wear a face covering; you must do so on public transport and try to do so you’re if likely to be in contact with others
  • Be careful at family or social events
  • Think about others in the group who may be more vulnerable than you
  • If you think you have COVID-19 stay home and get tested

4. Talk about your concerns

  • Talk to your GP or call 111 if you think you have symptoms
  • If you’re worried about returning to work, talk to your employer
  • If you’re worried about talking to your employer, talk to your union or the Health and Safety Executive
  • If you need emotional support see NHS Every Mind Matters

5. Stay healthy

  • Your health matters
  • Staying healthy reduces your risk of getting ill
  • Follow the five steps to wellbeing on the NHS website.

The BAME Coronavirus Advice leaflet is available to download in the following languages:

If you require it in another language or accessible format please email

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