Women make up over half of COVID-19 deaths in Canada, counter to trends in most of world
2020-05-20 from theglobeandmail.com
Women account for more than half the COVID-19 cases and deaths in Canada, making the country an outlier running counter to the overwhelming trend that sees the disease killing more men than women in most of the world.
Women represent 53 per cent of Canadian deaths linked to the disease, the highest proportion in any country, according to numbers compiled by a research initiative at the University College London’s Centre for Gender and Global Health. The nearest among countries that report gender data are Portugal and Finland, at 51 per cent. In the United States, Sweden, France and England, the proportion of female deaths is between 40 and 44 per cent.
Quebec and Ontario are driving the trend in Canada. In Quebec, 54.9 per cent of novel coronavirus deaths have been among women, 54.4 per cent in Ontario. Women account for 59.3 per cent of infections in Quebec and 56.9 per cent in Ontario, according to numbers compiled by the provinces as of Friday.
Experts say the trend in infection and death rates among men and women has important implications for how the disease is managed, particularly because the people who care for the sick are also mostly women.
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