In Italy, Male Mortality is Twice as High for Men in Italy as Women


Coronavirus mortality rate is twice as high among men in Italy as it is among women, marking a “concerning trend,” Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus task force coordinator said during a Friday briefing.

“Mortality in males seems to be [twice higher than] every age group of females,” Birx said, adding that no age group or gender is immune, and that mild symptoms are not equivalent to immunity.

According to Italy’s public health research agency, 60% of coronavirus cases and 70% of deaths in the country so far have been in men.

In China, men were similarly more likely to die of coronavirus than women, although the disparity there was less stark. Sixty-four percent of deaths in China have been in men, according to recent figures from China’s Center for Disease Control.

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