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Why COVID19 policy should explicitly consider men's health

COVID and men don't mix

In this Medical News Today article, you'll learn about:

  • Effects of COVID on men

" From as early as 2019, reports on COVID-19 cases in China found that as many as 75% of the deaths were in men. In March 2020, reports from Italy documented that 4 out of 5 deaths among the first 827 people who died were in men.

In the U.S., the pattern of COVID-19 being more fatal for men than women has held. These gender inequities are even greater when we consider age and race. "

  • How research has aided in the gaps of men's health research

" Outside of COVID-19, it is noteworthy that Healthy People 2030 — a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion initiative — much like previous versions of Healthy People, includes 35 objectives explicitly focused on women’s health but only four objectives explicitly focused on men’s health.

It also is noteworthy that looking at gender and race simultaneously, rather than separately, illustrates that the disproportionate impact of the virus is concentrated in Hispanic men and non-Hispanic Black men. "

  • How to optimize men's health

" It will be critical to use communication vehicles that men already utilize and trust to not only counter disinformation but also tap into reasons they may be intrinsically motivated to engage in behaviors that are beneficial not only to themselves but also to the health and economic well-being of others. "

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