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Covid-19: is gender as important as wealth?

04/05/20 . News

New age-standardised data published by the ONS confirms that men are twice as likely to die of Covid-19 as women. It also shows that gender combined with deprivation seriously compounds the risk.

The ONS’s data for England and Wales shows that the male age standardised mortality rate (ASMR) for Covid-19 is 50.6 per 100,000 population while the female ASMR is 25.5.

The data show that while poverty and deprivation is a key factor, when coupled with gender, it is doubly serious. A man in the most deprived 10% of the population is more than twice as likely to die as a man in the least deprived 10% and he is four and half times more likely to die than a woman in the least deprived 10%. Indeed, the death rate for the most deprived 10% of women (39.6) is not far off the death rate of the least deprived 10% of men (35.9). 

When it comes to Covid-19, gender and deprivation are two key factors in the disease's impact - put them together and the impact can be devastating. This is best seen on the graph below.

We will continue to update ONS death and ASMR figures on our Statistics (England and Wales) page.

Age-standardised data allows populations with different age profiles to be compared. There are for example, far more women than men aged over 85. Age-standardised data takes this into account.


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