Men and COVID-19: where’s the policy?

Peter Baker, Clara Alemann, Stephen Burrell, Derek M. Griffith, Shirin Heidari, Jasmine Kelland, Arush Lal, Sushmita Mukherjee

BMJ Global Health – April 24, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has refocused attention on many health inequalities, not least those related to gender. Globally, men and women are thought to be infected with COVID-19 in roughly equal numbers. But, overall, men are 40% more likely than women to die from COVID-19 and almost three times more likely to require admission to an intensive treatment unit.
Men of colour and men in lower-income groups have suffered particularly high mortality rates. Men’s mental health and wellbeing has suffered in many countries and, at the same time, non-governmental organisations that focus on engaging and supporting men have experienced funding pressures that may lead to reduced services.

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