It’s been a strange time this past year with Covid-19 and its effects taking over the world. No matter which channel or social media platform you turn to, there will always be some news of the pandemic, updates of the latest rates and studies being conducted to find a vaccine for the deadly disease. And now, much to our surprise, a new study has found that if you’re an unmarried man having a lower income, a lower level of education and being born in a low or middle-income country, you may just be at a greater risk of dying from Covid-19; research suggests.
“We can show that there are independent effects of various separate risk factors that have been brought up in debates and news about Covid-19,” Sven Drefahl, the study author from Stockholm University in Sweden had said. “All of these factors are accordingly, individually associated with a strongly elevated risk of dying from Covid-19,” he added.
The study is based on data from the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare on all registered deaths from Covid-19 in Sweden for adults aged 20 and above. In the study, published in the journal Nature Communications, Drefahl explained that those born abroad generally have lower mortality than people born in Sweden. The same applied when the research took into account the income and level of education of the said group.
The elevated risk of dying from Covid-19 for this group remains after the researchers controlled for circumstances, such as income and level of education, reported National Herald India. The findings show that being a man, having a lower income and lower level of education also result in a strongly elevated risk of dying from Covid-19. If these are anything to go by, it is said that this also agrees with the patterns of morality from other diseases. They go on to prove that 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 risk of dying from Covid-19 as those who were married. According to researchers, men are generally more susceptible to higher morality at comparable ages, reasons for which point to a combination of biology and lifestyle.
“The fact that people with little education or a low income have higher mortality may largely be due to lifestyle factors, including finances. How much one can afford to prioritise one’s health,” said study author Gunnar Andersson. “Similarly, we can explain the elevated mortality from Covid-19 for these groups,” he added.
Earlier studies have shown that single and unmarried people have higher mortality from various diseases, according to the research team.