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Are men at greater risk from coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Studies have shown that, in general, men tend to neglect their health more than women. Because of this, we’ve already looked at how employers can offer health and wellbeing advice for men.

However, considering the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we thought it was worth looking specifically at the risk this poses to men.

This article was written in line with the best available evidence and guidelines at the time of publishing.

Is there any evidence to prove that men are at greater risk from COVID-19?

We’re still learning more about COVID-19, including which groups are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill.

Research shows that both men and women are equally likely to catch coronavirus.

However, men seem to be at greater risk of becoming severely ill with the disease and have a higher mortality rate.

In fact, current data shows that, at any age, men are twice as likely to die of COVID-19 as women.

Men’s biological risks from COVID-19

Age is an important factor in the risk of the disease, with patients over the age of 70 having a significantly higher risk of severe illness and death.

Some men are at an even greater risk, including men who:

  • are from ethnic minority backgrounds
  • are very obese (a BMI of over 40)
  • have certain health conditions
  • take certain medications or treatments

If you want to find out more, Men’s Health Forum has collected some facts about men’s biological risk from COVID-19.

Men’s behaviour can increase the risk of COVID-19

As well as the biological risks, some behaviours and beliefs have been linked with an increased risk of COVID-19 infection in men.

These include:

  • smoking
  • drinking
  • not washing their hands enough
  • general attitude to the virus (believing it’s “just the flu”)
  • a reluctance to seek medical help in the early stages

It’s important that everyone is aware, but perhaps men especially, of the potential risks associated with COVID-19.

If you want to find out more, Men’s Health Forum has collected some facts about men’s behaviours and attitudes to COVID-19.

What should men do to protect themselves from COVID-19?

The best way to stay safe and reduce the risk of contracting coronavirus, is to follow the current advice and guidelines.

At the time of writing, this includes:

  • where possible, maintaining social distancing
  • washing your hands regularly
  • wearing a face covering when required, for example when in a shop or on public transport
  • following local lockdown rules about when you can go outside your home

If you’d like to find out how our occupational health services can support your employees during the coronavirus pandemic, contact the team at Fusion today.

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