In a recent study, researchers found that men with low-income, low level of education, unmarried and being born in low-or-middle income countries, have a higher risk of dying from COVID-19.
For the study, the scientists collected information from the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare on all registered deaths due to COVID-19 in Sweden for adults aged 20 and older. The research was revealed within the journal Nature Communications.
The study author Sven Drefahl from Stockholm University in Sweden wrote in a statement: "We can show there are independent effects of various separate risk factors that have been brought up in debates and news about COVID-19. All of these factors are accordingly singly related to a with a powerfully elevated risk of dying from COVID-19."
The study is based on the data from the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare on all reported deaths from the COVID-19 in Sweden for adults aged 20 and older.
Drefahl explained that those who are born abroad generally have lower fatality than people born in Sweden. This also applies when the research took income and level of education account.
The study found that men had over double as high risk of dying from COVID-19 than women. The study also noted that men have similar patterns for mortality from other diseases as well.
The authors noted that unmarried men and women had 1.5-2 times as high a risk of dying from COVID-19 as those who were married.
According to the researchers, men typically have a higher death rate. This additionally takes into consideration their disposition and lifestyle.
Study author Gunnar Anderson said in a statement: "The fact that people with little education or a low income have higher mortality may largely be due to lifestyle factors, such as finances – how much one can afford to prioritize one's health."
"Similarly, we can explain the elevated mortality from COVID-19 for these groups," he added.
The research team mentioned that previous study have also shown that single and unmarried people have a higher mortality from various diseases.