Understanding the role sex and gender are playing in the covid-19 outbreak is essential to building an effective, equitable response to the pandemic. This tracker presents the sex-disaggregated data being reported by governments. Despite clear gender differences in COVID-19 health outcomes, not all governments are reporting data separately by women and men.
Differences in women’s and men’s bodies due to their sex (biology) is playing a role in people’s risk of illness and death due to COVID-19. To attribute gender differences in COVID-19 outcomes solely to biology however ignores the role that social environments, structures and norms are playing, and obscures the actions that can be taken to address these drivers.
Further, sex-disaggregated COVID-19 data does not report or account for gender identity, therefore data are absent on the impact of COVID-19 on transgender and non-binary people. Some efforts are in place to redress this gap. Without this information, the specific health care needs of people with diverse gender identities cannot be identified, the health disparities they experience cannot be addressed, and important health care services may not be delivered.
Globally, there’s no clear trend in terms of who is most likely to become infected by COVID-19. However, across the vast majority of countries, a clear pattern in mortality has emerged; men appear more likely than women to die from COVID-19 once infected. This pattern varies by country and may be changing over time.
For every 10 female...
Across 131 countries
...there are 10 Cases in men
Cases in men
Across 24 countries
...there are 11 Hospitalisations in men
Hospitalisations in men
Across 18 countries
...there are 19 ICU admissions in men
ICU admissions in men
Across 102 countries
...there are 13 Deaths in men
Deaths in men
|...Confirmed cases that have died||
Across 90 countries
...there are 15 Confirmed cases that have died in men
Confirmed cases that have died in men
Our dataset offers the most comprehensive country-level reporting of sex-disaggregated data. It is used by researchers, media, UN organisations and advocates to inform our global understanding of who is at risk along the pathway of infection through to severe illness and death, as well as to encourage countries to prioritise reporting of sex-disaggregated data as part of their COVID-19 response.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. If you use our data, we kindly request that you cite us using:The COVID-19 Sex-Disaggregated Data Tracker
We encourage you to join us in pushing policy-makers and health authorities to report sex-disaggregated data and design more gender-responsive COVID-19 approaches.
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