Older men worry less than others about COVID-19

As an 80-year-old man, I confess that my interest was piqued by this study at Georgia State University emphasizing the greater risk I am under regarding COVID-19.

Older men may be at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 because they worry less about catching or dying from it than women their age or than younger people of both sexes, according to a new study by Sarah Barber, a gerontology and psychology researcher at Georgia State University.

This is a concern because older men are already more at risk of severe or fatal COVID-19 infections. Data from the CDC show the fatality rate of COVID-19 steadily rises with age, and that men are more at risk than women.

To test levels of worry and protective behaviors, Barber teamed with Hyunji Kim, a Georgia State doctoral student in psychology, and administered an online questionnaire assessing COVID-19 perceptions and behavior changes. The results were published by the Journals of Gerontology.


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2 responses to “Older men worry less than others about COVID-19

  1. Tony, I can’t believe you are 80! Incredible! Keep it going, from a 75-year-old!

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    • Thanks for your kind words, Paul. Much appreciated. As the t-shirt from my girlfriend said, “I thought it would take longer to get old.” BTW, who knows better than us, at 75 and 80, that this is a one day at a time deal. Stay safe!


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