Men could be twice as likely to die from coronavirus, new study shows

EMT's bring a patient into Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York on Thursday, March 26, 2020.
EMT's bring a patient into Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

Men could be more than twice as likely as women to develop severe symptoms and die from coronavirus — though the reason why still remains unknown.
A gender study, published Tuesday in the science journal Frontiers in Public Health, was carried out by doctors at Beijing Tongren Hospital.
“Early in January we noticed that the number of men dying from COVID-19 appeared to be higher than the number of women,” physician Dr. Jin-Kui Yang said in a statement.
“This raised 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 investigating.”
The team of researchers and doctors examined three sets of data over the course of their study. The first included 43 coronavirus patients treated at Wuhan Hospital between January 29 and February 15. The second — based on figures released by the Chinese Public Health Science Data Center — is made up of statistics on the first 37 people to die of the disease in China and another 1,019 who survived.
Lastly they examined 524 patients, including 139 that were died, from the 2003 SARS pandemic, which has previously been compared to the coronavirus outbreak.

“The study finds that men and women are equally likely to contract the virus, but men are significantly more likely to suffer severe effects of the disease and die,” doctors concluded.

“The results suggest that additional care may be required for older men or those with underlying conditions.”

Others at high-risk for the disease include older patients and those with certain underlying conditions, like heart disease and respiratory conditions.

“The number of men was 2.4 times that of women in the deceased patients,” according to the study.

Similarly, a higher proportion of the men in the SARS group died, making up 53% of the deceased versus 42% of those who survived.

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