Are sex disparities in COVID-19 a predictable outcome of failing men's health provision?

Tharakan T, Khoo CC, Giwercman A, Jayasena CN, Sofikitis N, Salonia A, Minhas S

Nat Rev Urol - (-) - [2021-11-18; online 2021-11-18]

The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, has taken a catastrophic toll on society, health-care systems and the economy. Notably, COVID-19 has been shown to be associated with a higher mortality rate in men than in women. This disparity is likely to be a consequence of a failure to invest in men's health, as it has also been established that men have a lower life expectancy and poorer outcomes from non-communicable diseases than women. A variety of biological, social and economic factors have contributed to the sex disparities in mortality from COVID-19. A streamlined men's health programme - with the urologist as the gatekeeper of men's health - is needed to help prevent future tragedies of this nature.

Type: Review

PubMed 34795426

DOI 10.1038/s41585-021-00535-4

Crossref 10.1038/s41585-021-00535-4

pii: 10.1038/s41585-021-00535-4
pmc: PMC8600906

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