more men than women from the age of forty




The Valencian Community continues to accumulate dozens of deaths caused by the coronavirus every day. A tragic figure that this Monday already reached 2,491 deaths since the start of the pandemic, despite the fact that it only accounts for 5.3 percent of the total deaths reported throughout the country since March.

In these nine months, with the data updated by the Generalitat as of December 7, more men (56.6%) than women (43.3%) have died in the three provinces as a whole. The age group most punished, in both cases, is the one that comprises between 80 and 89 years, since it brings together 1,020 deaths.

[La Comunidad Valenciana, a la cabeza en positivos y a la cola en pruebas de coronavirus en España]

However, there is a substantial difference in sight. While in the case of men, the next most affected band is established between 70 and 79 years (433), deaths from coronavirus in women –with a longer life expectancy– They are more numerous in the group that is over 90 years old (279).

In fact, in this segment the same men (181) have died as between 60 and 69 (190), ages in which 66 women have lost their lives. So, 85% of the deaths in the three provinces have occurred after the age of 70.

There is practically a decade difference in the mortality data for both sexes. The infections of covid-19 that end the life of the patient they are triggered in men from 50 (60 have died compared to 23 women, almost triple), while in women this increase is not detected until 60.

Between 40 and 49 years old, strip that has accumulated the most infections throughout the pandemic, the number of deceased men (18) doubles that of women (7), while between the ages of 30 and 39 there are barely nine deaths (seven men and two women). Finally, a young woman between 10 and 19 years old, another between 20 and 29 and a boy of the same age complete this list.

More women deceased than usual

At the end of the year, the Valencian Community has registered an excess of deaths close to three thousand with respect to the estimate made by the Daily Mortality Monitoring System (MoMo) based on historical series. Thus, according to the figures provided by the civil registries to this body managed by the National Epidemiology Center, in 2020 2,992 more Valencians have died than expected attending to its statistical model.

[La Comunidad Valenciana registra un exceso de tres mil muertes desde marzo]

The difference between this figure and the one offered by the Ministry of Health – taking into account that we are talking about a prognosis in the first case – could be attributed to other factors also derived from the pandemic, as an aggravation of pathologies that have not been diagnosed during confinement or because of the fear of patients to go to health centers, and have ended up having fatal consequences.

In the four periods -the first much more pronounced- in which an excess of mortality has been registered in the three provinces, different characteristics are observed but one in common: more women have died than usual, especially after home confinement was lifted.

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