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Study conducted in Sweden reveals factors common to COVID-19 patients

Swedish researchers say that the increased risk for contracting Covid-19 can be a cause of levels of income  and education. When education and income are on lower ends, risk is higher.

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In a study conducted by Sven Drefahi from Stockholm University in Sweden, it was found that factors like having a low income, level of education that is lower, being unmarried (especially men), and being born in low or middle-income countries can indirectly contribute to increasing one’s chances of contracting COVID-19. All the aforementioned factors have an independent effect on the possibility of an individual contracting the coronavirus disease.  The study was conducted based on the data made available by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare that centered around the registered deaths that occurred as a result of contracting the virus among adults aged twenty and above. The author of the study is  Gunnar Andersson. Another factor that has an equally important impact on one’s ethnicity, as Drefahi noted that individuals born abroad tend to have a lower mortality rate than those born in Sweden. The same condition stood true when talking of the income level as well as the level of education of the individuals in question. 

Researchers say that the increased risk for contracting Covid-19 can be a cause of levels of income  and education. When education and income are on lower ends, risk is higher. Which makes Education and income levels inversely proportional to risk  to Covid 19 according to this study. In addition, these factors are also in agreement to other diseases. 

The study indicated that in comparison to women, men have twice the risk of dying from Covid-19. In addition, people who were unmarried, those who were widows or widowers and the divorced had almost twice the risk. This risk is a result of combined factors of biology and lifestyle. 

The research team also pointed out that many earlier studies have indicated that single and unmarried people are at higher risk of contracting diseases. 

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