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Intercourse-disaggregated knowledge is reported by Public Well being England

Intercourse-disaggregated knowledge is reported by Public Well being England

We agree with Sarah Hawkes and colleagues (June 2021) 1

  • Hawkes S
  • Tanaka S.
  • Pantazis A
  • et al.

Recorded But Undisclosed: Studying the Relationship Between Gender and Gender, Country Income Levels, and COVID-19. who state that reporting COVID-19 results by gender is an important part of global pandemic and inequality monitoring and we congratulate them on setting up the COVID-19 gender disaggregated data tracker. In June 2020, a comprehensive report from Public Health England showed that gender was a risk factor for COVID-19 infection, hospital stays (including intensive care and lower care levels), death, and excessive mortalityPublic Health England
Differences in the risks and outcomes of COVID-19. In an article published in 2021, we confirmed that male gender is a risk factor for worse outcomes from COVID-19 and considered the impact on vaccination prioritization

  • Campos-Matos I
  • Mandal S.
  • Yates J
  • Ramsay M
  • Wilson J.
  • Lim W

Maximize Benefit, Reduce Inequalities and Ensure Deliverability: Prioritizing COVID-19 Vaccination in the UK. Public Health England has tracked multiple dimensions of inequality in relation to the pandemic in England through its well-established reporting infrastructure. England data disaggregated by sex and age is published weekly for confirmed cases, confirmed deaths, positive tests and vaccinations. 4Public Health England
National flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports. Public Health England publishes gender-specific excess mortality estimates by age group and ethnicity, which are also updated every weekPublic Health England
Over mortality in England: weekly reports. Gender cumulative numbers and rates of COVID-19 cases by age for England are also reported daily on the UK government’s coronavirus dashboard. Due to its size and complexity, it would be challenging to break down all of the data by gender on the daily dashboard. However, we regularly conduct user feedback surveys and would consider adding more gender-specific data if requested. In light of the above, we disagree with Hawkes and colleagues1

  • Hawkes S
  • Tanaka S.
  • Pantazis A
  • et al.

Taken but not disclosed: Studying the relationship between gender and gender, country income levels, and COVID-19. that England does not have consistent and comprehensive gender-disaggregated data on COVID-19 or that England (particularly on deaths) does not appear to report consistent gender-disaggregated data. The conclusion is all the more surprising given that the data we reported is already being used to populate their data tracker. An ill-informed email from a tech helpline on the government’s daily dashboard is cited as evidence that Public Health England is unaware of the gender difference in risk. The anonymous email was clearly wrong for which we apologize. It also appeared to be at odds with Public Health England’s published report on COVID-19 disparities2Public Health England
Differences in the risks and outcomes of COVID-19. with other recent Public Health England publications on the subject and with Public Health England’s regular surveillance and surveillance reports. If we had been given the courtesy to comment before publication, we would of course have corrected the obvious mistake in the helpline response.

We do not declare any competing interests.

References

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    • Hawkes S
    • Tanaka S.
    • Pantazis A
    • et al.

    Recorded But Undisclosed: Studying the Relationship Between Gender and Gender, Country Income Levels, and COVID-19.

    Lancet Glob Health. 2021; 9: e751-e752

  2. 2.

    Differences in the risks and outcomes of COVID-19.

  3. 3.
    • Campos-Matos I
    • Mandal S.
    • Yates J
    • Ramsay M
    • Wilson J.
    • Lim W

    Maximize Benefit, Reduce Inequalities and Ensure Deliverability: Prioritizing COVID-19 Vaccination in the UK.

    Lancet Regional Health – Europe. 2021; 2100021

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    National flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports.

  5. 5.

    Excess mortality in England: weekly reports.

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