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Men are more at risk for worse outcomes and death, independent of age, from Covid-19.
That is the conclusion of the first academic paper to look at gender and Covid-19. The paper argues that being male is a risk factor in its own right: 'gender is a risk factor for higher severity and mortality in patients with Covid-19, independent of age and susceptibility'.
The new research, from doctors attached to universities in Beijing and Wuhan in China, looked at a set of patients they treated for Covid-19 and at public data and compared them with data from the SARS outbreak in 2003.
They concluded that while men and women were equally likely to catch the virus, male cases of Covid-19 tended to be more serious with the public data showing men 2.4 times more likely to die. The research also showed that while underlying conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease (COPD) were important, more than a third of patients (35.1%) who died did not have underlying conditions.
The paper is currently in pre-print which means it has not yet been peer-reviewed by other academics. It has been submitted to the journal Frontiers in Public Health.
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.
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