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Covid Isn’t Actually As Racist As All That

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We’ve all been hearing about how Covid is racist. Just another burden the wipipo have been putting upon the shoulders of the melanin enhanced among us. The thing is it turns out not, at some level, to be true:

To give hospitals a glimpse of the future, a team of computer science researchers at the University of Copenhagen developed a machine that could predict how likely Covid patients were to die from the disease – with 90pc accuracy.

To create the algorithm driving the calculation, researchers input data from 4,000 Danish Covid patients. It included their age, sex, body mass index (BMI), lab tests, vital signs, prescriptions, consultations as well as their other conditions they had.

Think on this a little bit. If we can predict who is going to die having got the disease then we can run our predictions back the other way as well. We can look and see what are the factors which those dying have in common and so work out what is important in causing death.

BMI, age, high blood pressure, being male, neurological diseases, COPD, asthma, diabetes and heart disease are factors that artificial intelligence weigh`s most to with the risk of getting into the respirator.

Race isn’t there. So, therefore race isn’t a major factor in dying of Covid once Covid has been caught.

Sure, this is only part of the problem. It might well be true that the melanin enhanced are more likely to catch Covid in the first place. It wouldn’t surprise us in the least if this were true as well. Melanin enhancement is relatively new in Northern Europe so some goodly portion of those with it will be first generation immigrants. First generation immigrants are not notably among the leading cohorts of any society and some to many diseases strike those of lower socio-economic classes more than those of the higher.

But that’s a function of immigrant status aiding in determining socio-economic, not race directly with either.

We seen to be finding out that Covid isn’t in fact racist. Which is nice, isn’t it?

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  1. But was race/ethnicity one of the inputs to the model? If it wasn’t then there’s no way it can appear as a factor. This result may merely reflect an attempt by the Danes not to appear racist.

  2. Not a relevant analysis if you have to be a covid patient first, if the propensity to catch it was itself race-linked. However, there is no reason why it should or should not be race-linked, different races are different. To some, this is an issue in racial politics. To the sensible, it’s just a thing to be investigated and dealt with.

  3. Race has no significant effect on if Sickle Cell Anemia will kill you, but it has a huge determinant on whether you get it in the first place.

    • Yes. Among that list of risk factors there may be some which are more prevalent in certain races (diabetes among South Asians for one). So, race may well still explain the actual risk factors which explain the likelihood of death.

  4. Mortality rates from covid-19 in Bangladesh are 52/Million, India 114/M, Pakistan 61/M Sri Lanka 25/M then Nigeria 10/M, Kenya 35/M, Ghana 22/M, Zambia 62/M, Namibia 184/M, Uganda 7/M, Ivory Coast 8/M, Zimbabwe 100/M, Senegal 58/M, Botswana 187/M, Malawi 56/M, Congo 8/M, Malawi 16/M
    Compare that with USA 1653/M, UK 1845/M, France 1395/M, Spain 1552/M, Italy 1705/M, Germany 887/M, Belgium 1942/M, Netherlands 939/M, Sweden 1304/M, Czechia 2229/M … Gibraltar at 2791/M is the surprising peak.
    If you want to think that Covid-19 is racist then whom is it targetted against? Old white males is the answer.

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