The risk of dying from COVID-19 greater for men, unmarried and born in low and middle-income countries; Swedish study finds

  • Men had more than twice as high a risk of dying from COVID-19 than women.
  • Unmarried men and women (including those never married, widows/widowers, and the divorced) had a 1.5–2 times as high a risk of dying from COVID-19 as those married.
  • Living in the Stockholm area was linked to 4.5 times as high risk of dying from COVID-19 (for both men and women) than the rest of the country.
  • Those born abroad from low- and middle-income countries in the Middle East and North Africa had twice as high mortality from COVID-19 for women and 3 times as high for men than people born in Sweden.
  • Those born abroad from low- and middle-income countries outside the Middle East and North Africa had more than 1.5 times as high mortality from COVID-19.
  • Men with a compulsory-school and upper-secondary education ran an approximately 25 percent higher risk of dying from COVID-19 than men with post-upper-secondary education.
  • Women with a compulsory-school and upper-secondary education ran a 40–50 percent higher risk of dying from COVID-19 than women with post-upper-secondary education.

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