Skydiving, deprivation and Covid-19
April 30, 2020 • Reading time 1 minute
Published 1 May 2020
Tom Moore raised over £30 million for the NHS. This is significantly better than doing a charity parachute jump – a 5-year audit of parachute injuries in Tayside and the cost to the NHS found that each pound raised for charity cost the NHS £13.75 in return.*
Statistically, skydiving is safer than boxing, canoeing and, according to new ONS data, living in Brent during a pandemic. The age-standardised mortality involving Covid-19 in Brent is about one death per 704 in the population according to the new data.
Partly this is because Covid-19 is a disease of density – see chart below.
This will make evolving lockdown tricky – particularly for places like London. But what is more concerning is that for a disease that does not discriminate, there are more Covid-19 related deaths in deprived areas (like Brent).
There are likely to be a few reasons, such as higher numbers of multi-generation households, more comorbidities, and lower-income workers that cannot avoid work (which may also be on the front line). Local hospitals were also under a lot of pressure during the peak.
* It must be said that the study is from 1999 and safety standards have increased a lot – especially with recent social distancing measures.