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Men Are Twice As Likely To Die From Coronavirus As Women – Study Reveals

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Men are twice as likely to die in hospital from coronavirus as women, a major new study shows.

Coronavirus COVID-19The study, by the University of Oxford and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), is the largest ever report on Covid-19 risks during the pandemic so far.

They analysed NHS data from 17.4million people between February 1 and April 25, including 5,707 deaths involving Covid-19.

Men were 1.99 times more likely to die in hospital of Covid-19 as women, the study showed. It also found black people were 1.7 times more likely to die from coronavirus than white people and Asian people 1.6 times more likely to die – but doctors are struggling to explain why.
People living in deprived areas were also more at risk than this in richer parts of the UK, the research found. It comes as Britain’s virus death toll rose to more than 30,615 yesterday, after 539 more deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

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Professor Liam Smeeth, who co-led the research, said: “We are seeing much higher rates of death among black and ethnic minority groups. We are keen to find out what is driving this so we know what to do about it. One possibility is that they have much higher rates of underlying conditions like obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure — but we found this is only a very small part of the explanation. While they are factors, they explain very little.”

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