As of this writing, the UK’s death toll count has soared to 36,194, according to TRT doctors, whereas the confirmed infections spiked to a whopping 261,000 cases. Amongst these cases, the scientific community and medical professionals alike had observed that prevalent among the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic are men.
With this kind of observation, your mind’s curiosity would be perked up a little that you’d begin to question how this can be? What rational explanation could be behind it? But most importantly, you’d want to know if there is anything that can be done to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus on men?
On a global scale, there are a greater number of men that are getting killed by the COVID-19 as opposed to women. The underlying reason for which, and the scientific community are still looking into, may have something to do with habits, biology, and recently the level of testosterone in men.
Testosterone, dubbed as the male sex hormone, has been found by scientists in their research to have a dampening effect on a man’s immune system. Thus, making them susceptible to getting infected by the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, a comprehensive study and investigation on estrogen returned remarkable discovery. And it all pointed out to one direction, this female sex hormone strengthens the immune system of a woman. It can also improve the immune inflammation, to which testosterone has a counterproductive effect. As stated earlier, it has a dampening or weakening effect on a man’s immunity.
This nugget of discovery was further looked into by the Frontiers of Public Health. The main concentration of their study delved into the sex differences in COVID-19 patients, with a strong focus on mortality and severity. This independent research body noted that this COVID-19 pandemic is reminiscent of another global pandemic way back in 2003, the SARS outbreak.
The study concluded that there is a strong nexus between higher severity of symptoms and mortality in patients with a higher number of comorbidities and old age with both SARS and COVID-19. And in all data sets, ages between men and women were comparable. However, in comparison to the cases of women, men have this tendency to be more serious.
With respect to the public data set, the ratio of men who perished because of the coronavirus is 2.4 times higher compared to those of women. Additionally, the same study also found out that while there is the same prevalence between both sexes, the male COVID-19 patients are at a greater risk to go through the worse outcomes, and the odds that it will pave the way to death is high, regardless of the age bracket they’re in.
Last night, when I checked out the latest news in New York City, the late-night newscast program hinted that the male COVID-19 patients who died already were twice the rate of women. The state health department confirmed that there are 43 COVID-19 deaths in the early part of April for every 100,000 men. This goes against the 23 deaths for every 100, 000 women in New York. Meanwhile, the CDC or Centers for Disease Control of the US is not inclined to provide reports on COVID-19 deaths by sex. But medical professionals, particularly the testosterone clinic, in the country are seeing no possible reason as to why the soaring number of deaths in men in New York would be different anywhere in the US and here in Australia or from the rest of the world.