More men than women dying of coronavirus in NYC

Death rates by sex in NYC
Posted at 8:07 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 20:07:05-04

NEW YORK — In New York City, more men than woman are testing positive for coronavirus, being hospitalized for it and dying from it, data shows.

As of Tuesday night, there have been nearly 56 male COVID-19 deaths for every 100,000 people in the city, according to Health Department data. There are about 30 women who die of coronavirus for every 100,000 people.

There's also a difference when it comes to hospitalizations. About 286 men are hospitalized for every 100,000 people in the city compared to about 175 women for every 100,000 individuals in the city.

Men seem to be faring worse than women across the world.

Kathryn Sandberg, director of the Center for the Study of Sex Differences in Health, Aging and Disease at Georgetown University, told The New York Times she was not surprised by the difference.

"Generally, in humans, it doesn’t matter what the infectious agent is,” Dr. Sandberg . “Women tend to be better at knocking it down, because they have a more robust immune system.”

As of Tuesday evening, there are 74,601 coronavirus cases in New York City. More than 3,500 have died.