Over 70 per cent of Covid-19 patients admitted to intensive care are men, new data reveals – The Sun

MOST Covid-19 patients in critical care are men, new data reveals.

Seventy per cent of those needing the highest level of medical help are male, according to data from 286 NHS ­critical care units.

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The survey of 7,542 critically ill patients with the virus was done by the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre.

Researchers found that 5,389 of the patients were men compared to 2,149 women.

Its report also found 51 per cent of men with the virus died in critical care, compared to 43 per cent of women.

David Harrison, head statistician at the centre, said it showed a “major disparity”.

He said yesterday: “Although we usually expect to see a slightly higher proportion of male patients in critical care, a percentage that high is unusual and is quite notable.”

The data also supported claims by a leading expert earlier this week who said Covid-19 was just as deadly as Ebola for people admitted to UK hospitals.

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The new ICNARC data also showed a higher percentage of severely obese people in critical care with coronavirus, when age and gender-matched against the general population.

Mr Harrison said while the proportions of overweight and obese patients with Covid-19 are in generally line with the population, the data suggests "slightly more patients" with a higher body mass index, particularly in the category with a BMI of 40 and above.

Prof Semple said: "Some people persist in believing that Covid-19 is no worse than a bad dose of flu. They are gravely mistaken."

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