The Coronavirus tends to affect men more severely than it does women. Numerous studies have shown that the disease tends to be more severe and deadly for men.
An analysis of the patients hospitalized in New York City with the virus showed that more than 60% were men. Furthermore, the mortality rates in New York have been higher for males. Of those patients that ended up in intensive care units, 66.5% were men. These percentages or outcomes appear to be consistent across the county.
Scientist studying the Coronavirus now believe that the sex hormone estrogen plays a significant role in avoiding and recovering from the virus. Another important factor that indicates that women are better engineered to resist or beat the virus is the X chromosome. Females have two X chromosomes while males only have one. With twice as many X chromosomes, women have a larger number of immune-related genes, giving them a stronger and better prepared immune system to fight off the coronavirus.
Additionally, scientist point out that behavior is another factor that makes men more vulnerable to the virus than women. The World Health Organization reports that about 800 million of the world’s one billion smokers are men. As a result, more men suffer from respiratory disorders and are more susceptible to the Coronavirus. Behavioral scientist also point out that men are also far less likely to wash their hands throughout the day and tend to avoid going to the doctor for preventative check-ups or when they feel ill.
Of course, differences related to sex aren’t the only factors contributing to our susceptibility to the virus. Other vulnerable groups include the elderly and people with diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity, and people with other underlying health conditions.
Ultimately, it’s up to all of us practice preventative measures that most doctors and health officials agree on to avoid contracting or transmitting the virus. Practice good social distancing, wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering when in public buildings or crowded areas, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and stay home when you are sick. While these are merely recommendations, it’s up to the individual to practice personable responsibility to protect themselves and those around them. Be safe