According tomedia reports, the new coronavirus is fatal to many types of patients, including the elderly and people with underlying diseases. From an early stage, epidemiologists have been saying that the new coronavirus kills more men than women, but there is no clear answer as to why this happens. In response, CNN partnered with Global Health 50/50, a research organization that focuses on gender inequality in global health, to try to address the problem by analyzing new coronavirus data in several countries.
To date, china, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, and South Korea, six of the top 10 countries for total cases, have provided gender-disaggregated data on cases and deaths.
In each of these six countries, more men than women die from neo-coronary pneumonia, while in some countries, there are also higher numbers of men than women. Even so, there are no data on the proportion of men and women tested, which will be a key point in the study, while China’s data covers only the period ending in February.
But available data show that men are at higher risk of dying from neo-coronary pneumonia than women, and the data are similar to those given in SARS and MERS outbreak studies. The researchers found that men reported worse clinical SARS outcomes in Hong Kong, China, and a study from South Korea and Saudi Arabia showed that men were at higher risk of dying from MERS than women.
One reason men are at greater risk is that more men have unhealthy habits such as smoking and drinking than women, cnn reported. Some researchers say women are more immune to viral infections than men because they spend part of their lives with foreign bodies in their bodies, giving them an advantage in survival.
The report also notes that hormonal changes may also be part of the balance. High blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and chronic lung disease are known to increase the severity of new coronary pneumonia, and these conditions are more common in men in the six countries studied, as well as globally.
Simply put, men are more likely than women to smoke and drink alcohol, and these unhealthy behaviors may be a risk factor for some of these diseases. Age is also another additional factor to consider.
The exact answer to how the new coronary virus affects both sexes clearly requires more data, and scientists urge authorities to use existing complex techniques to report cases and include gender data in their reports.