Men are waiting too long to get tested for coronavirus, task force officials warn

Men are waiting too long to get tested for coronavirus, task force officials warn
Dr. Deborah Birx

[Ed. – Sounds sexist.]

Men are lagging behind women in seeking help for COVID-19 symptoms despite being more likely to test positive, according to statistics collected by the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Data from the United States, China, and Italy suggest men are more likely to die from the illness, and health officials are intent on overturning the traditional male reluctance to visit the doctor.

President Trump announced on Thursday that the U.S. had conducted more than two million tests as health officials battle a pandemic that has killed 1600 people.

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But Dr. Deborah Birx, a global health expert and the task force coordinator, said men needed to do a better job of getting help.

“I see a lot of men in the audience today. I just want to remind about them about the importance of health care,” she said during the regular White House briefing.

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