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Why more women than men contract the coronavirus


Whitney Bryen, Oklahoma Watch

Medical staff prepare to swab another patient being tested for COVID-19 at an Oklahoma City site on May 8. Most of staff working at the site were women.

Women account for about three-fourths of all COVID-19 infections among health-care workers and in nursing homes in Oklahoma, resulting in a higher proportion of women than men overall infected across the state.

The total number of confirmed cases in Oklahoma surpassed 5,500 this week, while the death toll from the virus reached 299. But women, who make up just over half of the state's population, account for nearly 54 percent of the confirmed cases.

That's in line with European infection statistics. The World Health Organization's latest data shows women accounted for 54% of the COVID-19 ca...

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