Families of Coronavirus victims have shared their heartbreaking experiences as part of new documentary Is Covid Racist?, including the loved ones of nurse Areema Nasreen.
The Channel 4 documentary focuses on the experiences of BAME communities during the pandemic, with NHS data showing they’re two to three times more likely to die from coronavirus than other members of the population.
A&E medic Dr Ronxi Ikharia met people directly affected by the pandemic for the documentary, including the family of 36-year-old Pakistani mother of three Areema.
Areema was one of the first healthcare workers to die from the virus earlier this year, dying in Walsall Manor Hospital where she had worked for 16 years.
Is Covid Racist? sees Areema’s family talk about the late nurse, saying that ‘working in a hospital was her dream’.
She was taken to intensive care in April after she started developing symptoms and later put onto a ventilator. She died in her husband’s arms in the hospital, with her family calling it ‘the worst day of our lives.’
Her story is one of a number of emotional moments from the documentary, which explores the personal stories of families affected by the pandemic.
It also looks at the environmental factors that are responsible for the figures. BAME workers are more likely to be employed in the front line, including as key workers in the NHS.
Speaking on the documentary, expert Dr Halima Begum said: ‘We know that black and ethnic minority workers are less likely to have been furloughed if they had asked for it.
‘Coronavirus has shone a light on existing inequalities in a way that hasn’t ever happened before, I would say.’
Is Covid Racist? airs Monday at 9pm on Channel 4. It will also be available to watch on All4.
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