Over 70% of UK Covid-19 deaths are male
More data has emerged suggesting men are far more likely to die from Covid-19 than women. The figures also highlight the impact of the virus on younger men.
An audit of adult critical care shows that so far men make up 70% of Covid-19 patients in critical care and 73% of deaths.
In terms of the impact on people under 60, it is clear that younger men should not be complacent. Younger men appear twice as likely to need critical care than women - 30% of the men in critical care were under 60 compared to 15% of women.
Men's Health Forum CEO Martin Tod said:
these figures for men are far higher than the normal picture with viral pneumonia. That is why it is so important that data by gender and age is published and why we will continue to ask government to do it.
The data from Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) covered 775 patients treated in critical care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland since the end of February.
- Guardian article: Coronavirus patients in UK intensive care have 50% survival rate
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