Men more likely to die of COVID than women, research shows

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Men across the globe are more likely than women to die from COVID.

That’s according to researchers at the Brookings Institution who found the COVID-19 death rate is 1.6 times higher in men.

The number rose to almost double in the 45 to 64 age group, where data shows there were 184 male deaths for every 100 female deaths.

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“Women have a higher life expectancy than men, so it wouldn’t be unusual to encounter more in the way of medical problems in a middle-aged man than a woman, but they did try to correct for those issues,” Dr. Steve Threlkeld at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis said.

Dr. Threlkeld said people of color tend to die of this infection at a rate up to six times higher than white people.

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He said this new study showing men are more likely to die than women will allow health experts to target in on the group most at risk.

“I think the main takeaway is that if you look at men of color and combine the racial gap with the gender gap, then you find that men of color would be a really high efficacy target population to try and encourage them to get vaccinated,” he said.

The most recent numbers from the Shelby County Health Department show the county is about 71 percent to its goal of having 700,000 people vaccinated.