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deaths from COVID-19 continue to rise, the world’s governments, institutions,
and agencies are still working toward an understanding of who is most at risk
of death. Owing to the special provision of new data from the Swedish
authorities, we have access to data on all recorded COVID-19 deaths in Sweden
up to May 7, 2020 linked to high-quality and accurate individual-level background
data from administrative registers. Using individual-level survival analysis we
demonstrate that being male, having less disposable income, a lower education
level, not being married, and being an immigrant from a low- or middle-income
country all independently predict a higher risk of death from COVID-19. We also
observe differences in these patterns between working age and retirement age
individuals. The role of socio-economic characteristics is more pronounced at
working ages, whereas the role of one’s marital status is more pronounced at
retirement ages. The main message is that COVID-19 discriminates, exerting an
unequal burden on the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of society.