Male hairdresser in a protective mask and gloves, dressed in casual clothes. Client without a mask. Hairdressing after quarantine. Health precautions. Small business. Coronavirus pandemic aftermath.

Male hairdresser in a protective mask and gloves, dressed in casual clothes. Client without a mask. Hairdressing after quarantine. Health precautions. Small business. Coronavirus pandemic aftermath.

SEATTLE - Many men believe they're less vulnerable to COVID-19, and that has consequences for how safe they really are during the pandemic.

A new survey conducted in the U.S. and U.K. finds women are more likely to wear face masks than men. Family medicine physician Dr. Scott Itano with Kaiser Permanente Washington says the issue is what he calls "toxic masculinity" - viewing manliness through a traditional lens in which men have to be brave and self-reliant at all times.

"They're less likely to be vulnerable or show signs of weakness," says Itano. "And I think wearing masks and seeking care from a doctor, to them, feels like showing a sign of weakness or being vulnerable."

Unfortunately, he says, this mind-set could come at a high cost. According to Washington State Department of Health data, 54% of COVID-19-related deaths have been men.

Starting today, face masks are required in public in Washington.

Itano says people don't just put themselves at risk when they don't follow proper precautions to avoid novel coronavirus exposure - they risk other people's lives, too.

"Even though a person might be a young, healthy 35-year-old man,," says Itano, "he could have grandparents or loved ones, or friends who are immunocompromised or at high risk for complications."

Itano says men's COVID-19 attitudes extend to how they manage their health in other ways. He says it's often difficult to get men to come in for check-ups.

He suggests they seek out the right doctor for them.

"Ask your buddies who they go to for their medical care and check bios online," says Itano. "Most systems and doctors have online profiles, where you can read about them and find someone you think you might get along with."

He adds it isn't helpful to be confrontational about COVID-19 or self-care in general. Itano usually thanks his male patients for making the effort to come in and see him.

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Christian in Quincy

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Now males want to harm your grandma. They simply don’t have enough compassion for their fellowmen to wear masks, due to their toxic masculinity. And also they are irresponsible with their health.

“According to Washington State Department of Health data, 54% of COVID-19-related deaths have been men.”

I’m so tired of statistics being thrown out like a bone to a rabid dog. If this were an intelligent article perhaps reasons on both sides for the *small* percentage difference would be discussed. Such as, men were more likely to need to work outside the home while women stayed home. Men were more likely to be left in a nursing home. Who knows?! Reading the article would have me believe men are illogical and insensitive beings. How unoriginal and trite.

We need a journalist who explores and digs around the information and lets the readers draw conclusions instead of hitting us over the head with his/her opinions. Save that for an editorial.

Wrango

Yeah? Well "toxic masculinity" is what built this nation! Stay strong American men! Don't let the soy boys put you down!

cryingtoddlerlibs

Ok, I've had enough of these articles. "Toxic masculinity" This guy says it's not helpful to be confrontational but yet that's all you get from the hypocrites...Stop telling people what to do!!

Trumpus Interruptus

Hah! I knew you'd love this one. It's like the iFiber guys intentionally look for stuff to twist your tail.

Gotta say though, I've gone to a doctor maybe once in the last 15 years. Steady diet of virgins and cocaine keep me right.

GeorgeWa

What a crock of bull crap , fight these Leftist, when they knock on your door and put one foot inside your house.......

Don’t argue , shut them down without hesitation.

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