King’s Fund Newsletter – COVID-19 Analysis

The King’s Fund is an independent charitable organisation working to improve health and care in England. Their vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all. They publish some excellent articles and reports on health related matters, plus newsletters – here’s some of the main articles from their latest newsletter:

Beyond the data: understanding the impact of Covid-19 on BAME groups.
This report is a descriptive summary of stakeholder insights into the factors that may be influencing the impact of Covid-19 on BAME communities and strategies for addressing inequalities. The report summarises requests for action, which have been used to inform a number of recommendations. It also includes a rapid literature review. These insights will form the basis of the next steps being taken forward by the Equalities Minister. Report

Tackling UK’s mortality problem: Covid-19 and other causes
The number of UK deaths from Covid-19 is among the highest reported internationally, second only to the United States. This comes on the heels of the historical legacy of stalling improvements in life expectancy in the United Kingdom. Veena Raleigh argues that if the United Kingdom’s mortality problem is to improve, then we need to understand the driving factors Read it now

The geography of the Covid-19 crisis in England
This report analyses how the health, economic and social impacts of Covid-19 vary around England. It explores which local authorities (LAs) have residents who are more vulnerable to severe Covid-19 symptoms because of their age or pre-existing conditions; which LAs have a greater share of workers in shut-down sectors such as retail or hospitality; and which LAs have a greater share of children either eligible for free school meals or receiving children’s social services, who might be at particular educational or social risk from the crisis. Report

The mental health effects of the first two months of lockdown and social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK
This report discusses the impact of Covid-19 on mental health. It finds that mental health in the UK has worsened substantially as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly for groups that already had lower levels of mental health before Covid-19, such as young adults and women. Report