COVID-19 Mortality: Are Men More At Risk?

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread and infect people worldwide, resulting in thousands of deaths and even more cases, experts report that they’re starting to see a scary pattern: The virus seems to be killing more men than women.

Is there any weight to this?

Coronavirus Killing More Men Than Women

The suggestion is not all that new, however. A couple of months ago, before the coronavirus outbreak became a full-on global pandemic, a similar study was made in China, where it was observed that more men were dying from the virus than women. At the time, the study was a bit limited, although it did say that it might be because men smoke more than women in China and the virus attacks our respiratory system.

Now, however, the trend is more evident in Italy than any other country, with men making up nearly 60 percent of people that are confirmed to have the coronavirus. Furthermore, more than 70 percent of these people have also died from the virus, as per the country’s main public health research agency.

In South Korea, however, the trend is upside down, with 61 percent of the confirmed cases as women. Despite that, 54 percent of the cases (or the majority) are again, men.

As such, health experts and epidemiologists are trying to understand whether this is a mere coincidence or something more.

“This difference in mortality is creating a lot of anxiety,” Carlos del Rio, chair of the department of global health at Emory University, who’s trying to understand what exactly makes one gender group more vulnerable than others, said.

And while it’s easy to see why Italy experienced a lot of deaths (due to the aging population), it’s harder to explain why men seem to die more than women.

“The honest truth is that today we don’t know why covid-19 is more severe for men than women or why the magnitude of the difference is greater in Italy than China. What we do know is that in addition to older age, being male is a risk factor for severe outcome and the public should be made aware,” Sabra Klein, a professor at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health, said.

Furthermore, more research is now being made.

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