In N.Y.C., coronavirus kills men twice as often as women


The health department, which updates its website daily, recorded 68,776 cases of Covid-19 in the city on Monday, including 15,333 hospital patients and 2,738 deaths. Death and hospitalization rates increased with age, increasing dramatically at age 65 and again at age 75.

While there were 712 cases per 100,000 women in the city, there were 932 cases per 100,000 men. Men were also more likely than women to be hospitalized: 228.7 admissions per 100,000 men, compared to 140.3 admissions per 100,000 women. (Figures are crude rates and have not been adjusted to account for age differences or other characteristics.)

But the greatest disparity between the sexes is observed in the mortality rates: 42.9 deaths per 100,000 men, against 23.1 deaths per 100,000 women.

“More than two-thirds of intubated patients are men,” said Dr. Joseph Lowy, a palliative care and palliative care doctor at N.Y.U. Langone Health, referring to patients on respirators.

“I don’t know of any other disease that has this type of predilection for one sex rather than another,” other than diseases of the reproductive system, he added.

Dr. Jennifer Lighter, infectious disease specialist at the N.Y.U. Langone said that a statistical analysis of Covid-19 patients in the hospital system did not find a higher mortality rate in male patients.

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But when mortality rates were adjusted for age and obesity, both higher overall for women, the case fatality rate among infected men is higher.


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