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Local NHS marks Men’s Health Week with important message for men

17th June 2020 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

This Men’s Health Week (15-21 June 2020), Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups (LLR CCGs) are encouraging men to take relevant action to look after themselves during the coronavirus pandemic.

Men’s Health Week runs every year in the week before Father’s Day. This year, the focus is ‘Take Action on Covid-19’.
Since the outbreak of Covid-19, it has become clearer that some people are more at risk of contracting and dying from the virus. For example, people may be more vulnerable if they are older, have underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system. However for unknown reasons, no matter what their age or fitness levels, men too are at a higher risk from Covid-19, particularly if they are from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) groups.

Dr Nil Sanganee, GP and Locality Lead for North West Leicestershire said: “We don’t fully understand why some people are at more risk from Covid-19 than others and research into this is ongoing.

“Unfortunately, we do know that men are at a higher risk and during this Men’s Health Week we would like to remind and encourage men of all ages and backgrounds to continue to stay alert.

“To protect your family, your friends and yourself, keep washing your hands, maintain social distancing and limit contact with others, even outdoors.

“Research has shown that because both tobacco and Covid-19 attack the respiratory system, men who smoke are 14 times more likely to develop serious symptoms if they catch coronavirus. So quitting smoking is one thing within your control that will make a big difference.

“Additionally, one in four people will experience some sort of mental health problem and the pressures of lockdown may be making some men feel anxious or depressed. It is important to regularly speak to those close to you and to seek help if you need it.

“Further information on our Every Mind Matters campaign, urgent support as well as tips and advice on helping others struggling with their mental health is available on the NHS website and NHS App.”

For latest Government advice on coronavirus go to: www.gov.uk

Stay updated on latest health advice about coronavirus using the NHS.uk website

Access the Men’s Health Forum for information, advice and support on a range of related mental health topics: www.menshealthforum.org.uk

Men affected by domestic abuse during lockdown can access help and support from Respect: www.respect.uk.net
Respect also has two helplines, one for perpetrators (0808 8024040) and one for men on the receiving end (0808 2000247).

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