Dr. Birx Reminds Men: 'If You Have Symptoms, You Should Be Tested'

By Susan Jones | April 10, 2020 | 8:38am EDT
White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)
White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - "I see a lot of the men in the audience today," Dr. Deborah Birx told a news conference at the White House on Thursday. "I just want to remind them about the importance of healthcare."

Birx says 56 percent of the people who are tested for the coronavirus infection are female, but only 16 percent test positive. Forty-four percent are male, and 23 percent of them test positive.

“So, again, it gives you an idea about how men often don't present in the healthcare delivery system until they have greater symptomatology. This is to all of our men out there, no matter what age group.

“If you have symptoms, you should be tested and make sure that you are tested. We appreciate you engaging in that and also really recognizing the issues about co-morbidities (underlying conditions) and making sure that we're addressing those.”

Dr. Birx, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, gave several other statistics about who is getting sick:

Of the 2 million tests conducted nationwide, 1.5 million results have been reported, and Birx broke down the results by age group:

-- Of 200,000-plus young people up to age 25, 11 percent tested positive.

-- Of 500,000-plus between 25 and 45, 17 percent tested positive.

-- Of nearly 500,000 between 45 and 65, 21 percent tested positive.

-- Of nearly 200,000 between 65 and 85, 22 percent tested positive.

"Now, remember, in order to get tested, you have to have symptoms, so this gives you an idea of the number of people who have symptoms that are not infected with coronavirus," Birx said.

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