Various data collected from different countries show that men are more at risk of transmitting COVID-19 when compared to women. The data also comprehends that the ailment is killing more men than women.
For example, the survey comprehended by GlobalHealth found that 71% of deaths in Italy attributed to men – with only 29% being women. Spain reported similar numbers with 65% of all deaths being men.
As of yet, it is too early to determine the reason for this gender gap. However, behavioral and lifestyle choices are said to play a pivotal role as men are more likely to seek treatment for their symptoms, while women often delay.
Men are also casual when it comes to hygiene and may resist washing their hands frequently or use soap/sanitizer.
Another potential reason is low immunity. Medical experts have long established that men are more vulnerable to viruses than women. It has also been proposed that women generally have a stronger immune system and have a better ability to combat viruses.
On the contrary, women are more prone to autoimmune diseases. In fact, research shows 80% of all autoimmune diseases are attributed to women. This includes arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes, and psoriasis. These occur when a person’s immune response is so strong that it targets the organs in the body.
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