The coronavirus pandemic has led to many restrictions across many countries with people no longer allowed to do things that require close physical contact, especially with a stranger. CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), for example, is one of the first safety measures a medical professional will do if they see a person in medical distress. However, this practice requires close contact with the individual.
According to CNN’s latest report, performing CPR is still safe during the pandemic and, in fact, is strongly encouraged by a study conducted by a group of Seattle emergency room physicians. The results of the study were published in the journal Circulation. It claimed that an individual is a hundred more times likely to save a dying man’s life than to die from the coronavirus by coming to that person’s aid.
Only 10% of the 1,067 individuals were diagnosed with COVID-19 after they were admitted to the hospital. Emergency medical services in King County, Washington responded to the cases of cardiac arrests occurring outside of a hospital setting from January 1 until April 15.
From the data gathered, a CPR safety calculation was made by the researchers by cross-referencing a would-be rescuer’s own risk of dying from their act of compassion in a life and death situation.
“Given a 1% mortality for Covid-19, approximately 1 rescuer might die in 10,000 bystanders CPR events,” said the researchers. “By comparison, bystander CPR saves more than 300 additional lives among 10,000 patients with (out-of-hospital cardiac arrest).”
Meanwhile, another study claimed that black men are more likely to than from COVID-19 disease compare to white men. According to US News’s latest report, a reader in clinical biochemistry and toxicology at the University of East Londo, Winston Morgan, said that the data gathered by the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics is erroneous since it is mainly based on a loose definition of ethnicity on skin color, while genetic mutations that vary among some ethnic groups may play a part in the immune response.
The data the ONS suggested is that black males are 4.6 times more likely to succumb from the coronavirus compared to white males, while Pakistans are 4 times more likely to die compared to Indians, and Chinese individuals which are 2.5 times more likely to succumb to the virus.
“Yet, at least in the U.K., COVID-19 can apparently separate Indians and Pakistanis, suggesting genetics have little to do with it,” said Morgan, arguing that higher infection rates among minorities may be linked with structural racism.