Being a man, having a lower income, a lower education level, not being married and being born in low- or middle-income countries – these are factors that refer to a high risk of death from Covid-19, the researchers warn.
“We can show that there are independent effects of various separate risk factors that have been raised in debates and news about Covid-19,” said study author Sven Drefahl of Stockholm University in Sweden.
“All of these factors are consequently individually associated with a highly elevated risk of dying from Covid-1
The study is based on data from the Swedish National Council for Health and Welfare on all recorded deaths from Covid-19 in Sweden for adults aged 20 and over.
In a study, published in the journal Nature Communications, Drefahl explained that foreign-born people generally have lower mortality than people born in Sweden.
This is also true when the research has taken into account income and educational level.
The high risk of death from Covid-19 for this group remains after researchers have checked for circumstances, such as income and education level.
The study shows that being a man, having a lower income and a lower level of education also carries a very high risk of dying from Covid-19. Regarding these aspects, this also agrees with the mortality models from other diseases.
The results showed that men were more than twice as likely to die from Covid-19 as women.
Unmarried men and women (including unmarried ones, widows / widowers and divorcees) had a 1.5-2 times greater risk of dying from Covid-19 than those who were married.
According to the researchers, men generally have higher mortality at comparable ages, which is considered to be due to a combination of biology and lifestyle.
“The fact that people with little education or low incomes have higher mortality may be largely due to lifestyle factors, including finances: how much can you afford to prioritize your health,” he said. study author Gunnar Andersson
“Likewise, we can explain the high mortality from Covid-19 for these groups,” Andersson added.
A number of previous studies have also shown that single and unmarried people have higher mortality from various diseases, the research team noted.
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