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More men likely to die of COVID-19 than women - GMOA Secretary

According to the Chinese Infection Control Unit statistics, the chance/likelihood of developing deadly complications and death due to COVID-19 is 1.7 for women and 2.8 for men, Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said.

Addressing a press conference held at the GMOA Headquarters in Colombo yesterday, he said that when 100 people are infected with COVID-19, 80 to 85 percent get cured without any issue and complications develop in only 15 of them. Only two percent have the chance of developing complications and die from COVID-19. One patient can spread COVID-19 to another five or six healthy people.

GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Navin De Zoysa said that the death ratio for people above the age of 80 is 14.8 and it is only 0.2 percent for people between the ages of 18 and 39.

The death ratio for heart patients is 10.5 percent, diabetic patients 7.3 percent, patients with chronic respiratory diseases 6.3 percent, patients with hypertension 6 percent and 5.6 percent for cancer patients. Pregnant mothers and staff attached to health institutions, airports and airlines are in the high risk category.

GMOA Media Spokesman Dr. Samantha Ananda said that people in the high risk groups should avoid unnecessary travel and crowded places. Individuals suffering from flu or similar illnesses should wear masks to prevent spreading infections. The GMOA has commenced a programme to identify shortcomings in state hospitals.

 


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