Coronavirus is killing far more men than women, data shows

Coronavirus
Medical staff speak with a COVID-19 patient at Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan, China, on March 10, 2020. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Medical staff speak with a COVID-19 patient at Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan, China, on March 10, 2020. (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Men are faring worse than women in the coronavirus pandemic, according to statistics emerging from across the world.

On Friday, White House COVID-19 Task Force director Dr. Deborah Birx cited a report from Italy showing that men in nearly every age bracket were dying at higher rates than women. Birx called it a “concerning trend.”

The apparent gender gap in Italy echoes earlier statistics from other hard-hit countries. While preliminary, early accounts have suggested that boys and men are more likely to become seriously ill than are girls and women, and that men are more likely to die.

Italian health authorities last week reported that among 13,882 cases of COVID-19 and 803 deaths between Feb. 21 and Mar. 12, men accounted for 58% of all cases and 72% of deaths. Hospitalized men with COVID-19 were 75% more likely to die than were women hospitalized with the respiratory disease.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

Most Popular

Latest News

More News