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More than 70% of coronavirus deaths in Italy are men



More than 70% of coronavirus deaths in Italy are men

More than 70 percent of Italy’s coronavirus deaths have been among men but scientists there admit they are mystified by the gender gap.

At least 3,400 people in Italy have died of the devastating disease – it yesterday announced it had a higher death toll than China – but less than 1,000 of them have been women.

Men are also more likely to pick up the infection in the first place and account for 60 percent of confirmed cases, according to Italy’s public health research agency.

An earlier analysis found the figures were even higher – than 80 percent of the deaths were in men and just 20 percent were in women – but the gap has narrowed over time.

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Research in China, where the pandemic started and outbreaks are now petering out, shows that at least two-thirds of patients who died were male.

A reliable male to female ratio is not clear in the UK because the epidemic is still in its early stages and the death toll is considerably lower than in other nations.

Scientists say they don’t know why women seem less likely to die but have suggested that women naturally tend to have stronger immune systems and are less likely to have long-term health conditions which make patients more vulnerable.

In China, researchers pointed the finger at men being more likely to smoke and drink, but this was a cultural factor that may be different in other countries.

It may be necessary for men to be more careful than women about avoiding the coronavirus, experts said.

There are now more than 254,000 coronavirus cases worldwide and at least 10,440 people have died.

Data coming from countries that have been worst hit in the pandemic, like China and Italy, are being brought together by scientists around the world so they can look at trends and patterns which emerge as the virus spreads.

From the early days of its epidemic, China was reporting that almost all of those who died of COVID-19 were already dealing with a serious health condition.

Those with heart disease, diabetes or asthma, for example, already have weakened bodies that may struggle to fight off another coronavirus if it becomes serious.

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