Men are getting sicker, dying more often of covid-19, Spain data shows
Which was where he discovered he was an outlier.
“I looked around and all I saw [were] very old people,” Benítez remembered. Struggling to breathe by that point, he ended up in the intensive care unit, and only then, fortunately, was he able to recover.
Benítez’s story, of an ICU admission for covid-19 at age 33, remains rare. However, based on detailed epidemiological data from the advancing epidemic in Spain, even young men are not risk-free. And the older that men in Spain are, their cases of severe disease, including pneumonia, trips to the ICU and deaths become far more numerous than those for women.
The data arriving from Spain, combined with similar findings from other countries with large outbreaks, such as Italy, China and France, are increasingly suggesting that the top risk group for the novel coronavirus is not simply older adults, but older men. A Washington Post analysis of U.S. deaths so far also found that nearly 60 percent of deaths, in cases where a gender could …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]