COVID-19 is for men dangerous?
Men suffer significantly more often in severe cases of COVID-19, and die more often of the disease than women, although the SARS-CoV-2 infections occur in both sexes approximately equally often. This was noted in a recent Chinese study.
In the current study of the Capital Medical University in Beijing, it was found that men are more likely to be affected by Corona, and more often on the consequences of the disease die, as ill women. The results of the study were published in the English scientific journal “Frontiers in Public Health”.
Gender-specific differences in COVID-19
The researchers dealt with the question of why some people are affected more by the Virus than others. For this, they investigated for the first time, gender-specific differences in people with COVID-19. Thus, it was found that men and women are affected with equal probability to the Virus, men suffer, but with a significantly higher probability of severe consequences of the disease and die.
Most people suffer only slightly
Although occur in most people with COVID-19 only mild symptoms occur, but the identification of the factors that could predispose people to serious illness and death, the society will help to identify the most vulnerable persons, to protect and to treat.
Which people are particularly at risk?
The results of the study suggest that in older men or people with underlying medical conditions, additional care may be required. Elder COVID-19 ill persons, and people with certain reason, such as, for example, heart disease and respiratory diseases are at a higher risk for severe disease and death have diseases.
Men are more prone to COVID-19?
The researchers identified a previously not well-known Trend in the COVID-19 deceased persons. At the beginning of January, they found that the number of men who died from COVID-19, seemed to be higher than the number of women. This raised an important question: Are men more vulnerable to developing COVID-19 or to die?
How were the data evaluated?
The researchers found that no one had investigated the gender differences of persons with COVID-19. They analyzed several records of patients to determine whether there are differences in the response of men and women on COVID-19. The data of 43 people were treated by the researchers themselves, as well as a publicly available data set of 1.056 persons with COVID-19 module. As for COVID-19 Virus which is responsible of a SARS-CoV-2 is similar to the Virus, which was for the SARS outbreak from 2003, responsible, analyzed the researchers a data set of 524 SARS-Affected.
Men tended to be more severe disease
In the case of the persons with COVID-19 confirmed that older people and human diseases with a specific reason tends to be sicker and more likely to have died. The age and the number of infected men and women were similar, but men tended to a more severe disease, report the researchers.
Men died, almost 2.5 times as often as women
It is remarkable that in the largest COVID-19-data-rate were about 70 percent of the deceased men, which means that men died almost 2.5 times as often as women. The fact to be male, was independent of the age gradients is a major risk factor for severe disease, explain the researchers.
SARS data set showed a significantly higher mortality rate in men
In the SARS data set, the researchers identified a similar Trend with a significantly higher mortality rate in men compared to women. Interestingly, the levels of ACE2, the Receptor that is involved both in the case of SARS, as well as COVID-19 virus infection are, in men, tends to be in higher concentrations. This is also the case of people with cardiovascular disease and Diabetes the case, all of which had at COVID-19 the results are worse (see: COVID-19: Why do heart patients get sick more often hard).
Further research is needed
Further research is needed to determine exactly why men tend to be more affected by COVID-19 and also more likely to have the disease die. The results of the current study suggest that the male gender at COVID-19 is a significant risk factor for the severity and risk of death. The study could have in the future an important impact on patient care. The researchers suggest that in elderly male patients may require additional supportive care and immediate access to the intensive care unit may be required. (as)