Being a man, not being married, and having a low income are some of the factors which new research has shown can increase your risk of dying from COVID-19. This research was conducted by a team at Stockholm University in Sweden and the findings were published in the journal Nature Communications.
The research team combed through the data available at the Swedish National Board for Health and Welfare on the known COVID-19 fatalities in the country. The researchers were specifically interested in the deaths of people aged 20 or older. The statistics studied were from the onset of the pandemic until May 7, 2020.
Information obtained from Statistics Sweden yielded data on the victims’ city of residence, level of education, country of birth, marital status, and age.
The data showed that single people were more likely to die from the novel coronavirus when compared to those who are married. Two possible reasons explain this, according to the researchers.
First, people who are in poor health may be less likely to attract marriage partners, and when the pandemic struck, these people were more likely to succumb to the disease due to their already weakened health status.
Secondly, single people don’t have a protective social system around them, and this makes these individuals more vulnerable in the face of the pandemic. For example, individuals who are surrounded by family are likely to receive better support and care when they are infected by the virus, and this will increase the likelihood of full recovery.
Males were also found to be more susceptible to dying from the virus, and this was attributed to a number of factors, such as lifestyle and biology. For instance, men are more risk-taking when compared to women. This potential for risky behavior increases the chance that men will be exposed to, and eventually succumb to COVID-19. Men also generally take longer to admit that something is amiss, and this gives the infection an opportunity to progress before the person seeks medical help.
People with low education and low incomes also seem to have high COVID-19 mortality outcomes. When one’s income is low, the person is less likely to put their health at the top of their list of priorities (they must keep working to feed their families, for example). These lifestyle factors make low income and low education a strong factor in coronavirus mortality.
In many respects, this research doesn’t depart a great deal from other studies which have looked at the factors behind mortality due to different health conditions. For this reason, entities like DarioHealth Corp. (NASDAQ: DRIO) are unlikely to find any new information from the Swedish research with the exception of its focus on COVID-19.
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