Females may have a relatively higher risk of COVID-19 mortality when compared to males in India, finds a recent study published in the Journal of Global Health Science. According to the analysis, the total COVID-19 case fatality rate (CFR), which is a ratio of confirmed deaths to total confirmed cases, was found to be 2.9% for men and 3.3% for women.
While males showed a higher burden (66 per cent) of COVID-19 infections than females (34 per cent), the current research showed that the mortality risk may be vice versa. However, the infection was more or less found to be evenly distributed in under-five as well as in the elderly age groups above 70, noted the researchers.
The findings were analysed based on data of COVID related deaths in India till May 20, 2020. The team had utilised a crowdsourced data to provide early estimates for age-sex specific CFR for India.
The study was led by researchers at the Population Research Centre, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, IIHMR University, Jaipur, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Harvard Centre for Population and Development Studies, Cambridge, USA and Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health, Boston