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The Covid-19 pandemic should be a 'wake-up call' to those planning health care, according to a new paper by Forum patron Professor Alan White - and one that highlights the importance of gender in that planning.
The paper, published in the journal Postgraduate Medicine, explores the wider ramifications of the disease both for those men who have survived the disease and those that have been affected by the wider social effects of the pandemic.
Alan argues that there will be significant long-term physical and mental health implications. 'Few of those who have not had the disease will remain unaffected by the impact of the closure of much of society with the serious impact on the economy and on our social world,' he writes. 'The emotional impact of the lockdown and the longer term emerging recession coupled with the complex grieving many will be experiencing will result in high mental health burden and increased rates of suicide in men.'
He concludes that: 'The pandemic should be a wake-up call for all involved in the planning and delivery of health and social care for the greater attention to the central role of sex and gender.'
Time is of the essence. 'Careful planning is now needed to get supportive measures in place for those who are our most vulnerable, especially as it is inevitable that this virus will be with us for many years to come.'
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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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