Skydiving, deprivation and Covid-19

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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.