Men & Covid-19: new lessons learned & the challenge of inequality
Since the Forum's last webinar on Men & Covid-19 in April, we've learned a great deal about the impact of the virus on men, including the disproportionately hard impact on some groups of men - particularly BAME men and men in areas of deprivation. When we publicised our last webinar, we said that men were 50% more likely to die from COVID-19 than women. We now know that estimate was too low. What else have we learned? And what does this mean for men's health in the future?
For Men's Health Week 2020, the theme was 'Take Action on Covid-19'. Professor Gurch Randhawa, Professor Alan White and Peter Baker discuss the lessons of spring 2020 - the short, medium and long-term implications for men's health - how the system and policy needs to change - and how we work to achieve it.
Two issues that came up in questions at the webinar were encouraging men to get tested and male suicide. These links might help:
- Samaritans: 'Talking can be life-saving'
- New 'Should I get a Covid-19 test' poster
- New 'Should I get a Covid-19 test' social media share
It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. Especially during a major pandemic like Covid-19. So we’re asking.
Men appear more likely to get Covid-19 and far, far more likely to die from it. The Men's Health Forum are working hard pushing for more action on this from government, from health professionals and from all of us. Why are men more affected and what can we do about it? We need the data. We need the research. We need the action. Currently we're the only UK charity doing this - please help us.
Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.