Men who catch coronavirus are more than twice as likely to die as women than women, study shows
- Researchers from China studied 1,099 COVID-19 patients and 543 SARS patients
- Both attack cells via the ACE2 protein present in higher levels in males
- They found that men get fewer symptoms and die 2.4 times more likely to die
- Here you can help people who are not affected by Covid-19
Men who catch coronavirus are more than twice as likely to die from the disease as women, a study has warned.
The virus hits men harder, because they suffer more heavily and have a cause of death that is about 2.5 times higher, researchers from China found.
Their report suggests that the virus not only discriminates by age and underlying health conditions, but also by sex.
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Men who catch coronavirus are more than twice as likely to die from disease as women, a study has warned
Jin-Kui Yang and colleagues at the Beijing Tongren Hospital in China saw the trend among COVID-19 patients who died.
& # 39; In early January, we noticed that the number of male deaths at COVID-19 was higher than the number of women, & # 39; said Dr. Yang.
& # 39; This asked a question: are men more susceptible to getting or dying from COVID-19? We found that no one had measured gender differences in COVID-19 patients, and so began to investigate. & # 39;
The team analyzed several patient datasets to determine if there were differences in how males and females respond to the virus.
This included data on 43 patients that the doctors had treated themselves, as well as publicly available data on 1,056 COVID-19 patients.
Doctors also analyzed data from 524 SARS patients from 2003, in order for the viruses responsible for both SARS and COVID-19 to be equal.
They add the same protein – called ACE2 – to cells that attack them.
The team confirmed that older people and those with specific underlying conditions tended to have the disease and were more likely to die from it.
Men and women were right to contract the virus – but men were significantly more likely to suffer despite their age.
Furthermore, in & # 39; s largest data set of COVID-19, more than 70 percent of patients died of men.
Analysis also showed a similar trend for 2003 SARS patients, with a significantly higher mortality rate among men.
Levels of the ACE2 protein were present in higher levels in male patients.
It was also higher in patients with heart disease and diabetes – both of which have lesser consequences in cases of coronavirus.
The findings are in line with the latest UK figures from the Office for National Statistics, which also suggest that men are hit worse than women.
In Italy, men have now accounted for more than two-thirds of deaths, the British Medical Journal reported.
However, the authors warn that further research is needed to determine exactly why men with coronavirus are less harmful than women.
& # 39; The study may have important implications for patient care, & # 39; said Dr. Yang.
& # 39; We recommend that additional supportive care and quick access to the intensive care unit may be needed for older male patients. & # 39;
The full findings of & # 39; the study were published in Frontiers in Public Health magazine.
WHO says lifting virus closures is too rapid & # 39; deadly resurrection & # 39; can indicate
A hasty lifting of restrictions imposed to control the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to fatal resurgence of the new coronavirus, the World Health Organization has warned.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was working with countries on ways in which lockdowns could be gradually granted, but said it could be too dangerous too soon.
& # 39; I know some countries are already transitioning plans to stay at home. WHO wants restrictions to be lifted as much as everyone else, & # 39; he told a virtual press conference in Geneva.
& # 39; At the same time, lifting restrictions could quickly lead to a deadly resurrection. The road down can be just as dangerous as the road goes up if it is not managed properly.
& # 39; WHO is working with affected countries on strategies to gradually and safely reduce restrictions. & # 39;
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, pictured at a news conference, has warned that lifting coronavirus restrictions could result in a quick recovery
The global death toll has now reached 100,000, and more than 1.6 million infections have been detected worldwide since the virus first emerged in China in December.
Tedros welcomed signs that the virus has spread in some of Europe's most hit countries – namely Spain, Italy, Germany and France.
But he also warned of an & # 39; alarming acceleration & # 39; of the virus in some countries, and marked Africa, where he said the virus began to spread to rural areas.
& # 39; We now see clusters of cases and community spread across more than 16 countries & # 39; on the continent, he said.
& # 39; We expect a lot of difficulties for overly-tight health systems, especially in rural areas, which usually do not lack the resources of those in cities. & # 39;
Tedros also sent his best wishes to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was moved out of intensive care when he fought the coronavirus.