Coronavirus death risk doubles for men working in social care

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Coronavirus death risk doubles for men working in social care

Social welfare men are more than twice as likely to die from Covid-19 than men in the general population, new figures show.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) study shows that people who work in social welfare, the NHS, and jobs like cleaning, construction, and security are more likely to die from coronavirus.

Between March 9 and May 25, 4,761 deaths with Covid-19 in people of working age (20 to 64 years) were registered in England and Wales, the ONS said. Almost two thirds of these deaths were men.

Construction workers, security guards, and cleaners had some of the highest death rates in Covid-19 with 39.7 deaths per 100,000 men.

There were 74 deaths per 100,000 security forces – the rate – while men and women who worked in social welfare had “significantly increased the death rate”.

This was 50.1 deaths per 100,000 men and 19.1 deaths per 100,000 women, the ONS said. This compares to 19.1 coronavirus deaths per 100,000 men in the general population and 9.7 deaths per 100,000 women in the general population.

Among healthcare workers, only men had a higher mortality rate for Covid-19 compared to the general population (30.4 deaths per 100,000 men).

However, both male and female nurses appeared to be at increased risk (50.4 deaths per 100,000 male nurses and 15.3 deaths per 100,000 female nurses).

Among the women at higher risk of death were sales and retail assistants (15.7 deaths per 100,000 women), government administrators, and process, plant, and machine operators.

Riskier professions for men were taxi drivers and chauffeurs, bus drivers, cooks and sales and retail assistants.

Of the 17 occupations with a higher mortality rate at Covid-19, 11 had a higher proportion of workers with a black, Asian and ethnic background (BAME), according to the ONS.

Ben Humberstone, Head of Health Analysis and Life Events at ONS, said: “Many complex things happen during the pandemic and the risk of death from Covid-19 is affected by a number of factors, including the work someone is doing. but also age, ethnicity and underlying health conditions.

“We also know that people living in the most deprived areas and people living in urban areas like London have the highest death rates at Covid-19.

“Today’s analysis shows that jobs that are in close proximity to one another and that are regularly exposed to illness have some of the highest death rates from Covid-19.

“However, our results do not conclusively demonstrate that the observed death rates for Covid-19 are necessarily due to differences in occupational exposure.”

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