A new mobile phone app to help reduce the disproportionate number of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people affected by Covid-19 is being designed by a team of Scottish academics.
Led by Dr Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir at UWS, with funding from CEMVO Scotland through Scottish Government and Comic Relief (NSI funding), the app will provide government guidance in a variety of languages and formats to help local communities understand and adhere to social distancing guidelines and avoid unnecessary risks.
According to the Office of National Statistics, Covid-19 has disproportionately affected BAME communities, with BAME people representing around 15.5% of all deaths connected to the virus.
For some communities, accessing information on social distancing guidelines and information on easing of lockdown restrictions has proven to be a barrier.
As lockdown restrictions begin to lift and social distancing guidelines ease, it’s important that information is available to people in whatever format they require. The new mobile app will provide an accessible platform which will ensure that no communities are left behind, providing information on the latest guidance in a variety of formats to help people stay safe and make the right choices as we navigate the pandemic.
Dr Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir, UWS