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Men are 3/4 of UK Covid-19 intensive care deaths

06/04/20 . News

Latest figures from intensive care audits suggest that as many as 3/4 of deaths from Covid-19 could be male.

In its latest report, Incarc, which audits intensive care in the UK, looked at over 2500 cases from critical care units across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Of the 345 deaths covered by the report, 259 (75%) were men. Meanwhile the total number of deaths - of which men are such a high proportion - continues to rise.

The UK’s death rate is now higher than Italy’s was the same number of days into its Covid-19 crisis while London’s death rate is now higher than Wuhan’s was at the same stage. Wuhan is the city in China where Covid-19 was first identified.

The need for men to take notice of the official guidance on social distancing has never been higher.

Men's Health Forum CEO Martin Tod appealed to men (and women) everywhere:

It is easy to take ten minutes on a Thursday evening to applaud NHS staff - that is the very least they deserve.

But what the NHS really want is not applause but something that is rather more difficult for all of us: a 24/7 commitment to observing the guidelines.

Come on, guys, let's do this.

The current government guidelines appear below.

The Men's Health Forum continues to push for the UK Government to take stronger account of gender in its response to COVID-19.

Stay at home. Leave your home only for:

  • shopping for basic necessities, such as food and medicine (as infrequent as possible)
  • one form of exercise a day (alone or with members of your household)
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home

These reasons are exceptions. You should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household. (Household means only the people you live with - not your wider family.)

The Men’s Health Forum need your support

It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. So we’re asking.

In the UK, one man in five dies before the age of 65. If we had health policies and services that better reflected the needs of the whole population, it might not be like that. But it is. Policies and services and indeed men have been like this for a long time and they don’t change overnight just because we want them to.

It’s true that the UK’s men don’t have it bad compared to some other groups. We’re not asking you to ‘feel sorry’ for men or put them first. We’re talking here about something more complicated, something that falls outside the traditional charity fund-raising model of ‘doing something for those less fortunate than ourselves’. That model raises money but it seldom changes much. We’re talking about changing the way we look at the world. There is nothing inevitable about premature male death. Services accessible to all, a population better informed. These would benefit everyone - rich and poor, young and old, male and female - and that’s what we’re campaigning for.

We’re not asking you to look at images of pity, we’re just asking you to look around at the society you live in, at the men you know and at the families with sons, fathers and grandads missing.

Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.

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