COVID-19 mortality twice as high for men in Italy as women
What we know so far about COVID-19’s gender divide. March 20, 2020, 9:24 PM5 min read 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. “While we do not know the causes of increased mortality in men, we do know that being male, much like being older, is a risk factor for more severe outcomes from COVID-19,” a professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said to ABC News.