Why COVID-19 Hits Men Harder Than Women, Explains Dr Rahul Pandit

Updated at: Sep 09, 2020
Why COVID-19 Hits Men Harder Than Women, Explains Dr Rahul Pandit

3 causes why novel coronavirus strikes men harder than women

Tavishi Dogra
MiscellaneousWritten by: Tavishi DograPublished at: Sep 09, 2020

Gender difference in novel coronavirus (COVID-19): Since the inception of the pandemic, it has been seen that men tend to be more receptive to disease, and the austerity of their condition is much more. Though several new pieces of research have revealed that ladies are affected as often as men, it is the austerity of disorder in males which is bewildering. It is usually known that males have a larger percentage of co-morbidities like Diabetes, Heart disease and Hypertension. Also, there is an accelerating drift towards smoking, and again, perhaps, males endeavour medicinal consideration much later as corresponded to ladies. 

Who is more prone to coronavirus? While these typical pronouncements do aid in explaining the rate of the epidemic, it does not describe the severity. The data also reveals that there is (Male: Female) sixty-five per cent: thirty-fice per cent ratio about (65%:35%) mortality rate difference due to novel coronavirus. Medically there are many speculations which have been considered to be the basis for this gender preference; the 3 best procedures being (1) genetic predisposition, (2) Testosterone and Oestrogen which affects the immune system and (3) (ACE-2) receptor, Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme-2. 

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Let us explain the gender difference in COVID-19 better:

  • ADDITION TO ACE-2 RECEPTORS: It is now known that the ‘spike proteid’ on the novel coronaviruses like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), COVID, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) incline the ACE-2 receptors; it is most like the ACE-2 receptor is the gateway for these diseases. The combination of ACE-2 receptors is already in affluence in men as compared to women. They are seen in high rate in the Heart, Lungs, Gonads and Intestine.

  • COMPREHENDING THE TESTOSTERONE AND OESTROGEN LINK: Female is more powerful sex concerning immune resilience and response. The female hormone Oestrogen spurs the immune response quickly and also represses novel coronavirus replication. Whereas the male hormone, Testosterone hinders the body’s immune response, therefore making men more inclined to acute disease. This kind of Oestrogen is not only recognised in novel coronavirus cases but also other viral infections like Influenza.
  • THE HEREDITARY PREDILECTION: The third potential cause for this aspect is that the genes which are accountable for recognising a pathogen in the body (attach a reply to them), are now on the X chromosome. Since ladies have two X chromosomes, they are more inclined to have an accelerated immune response and offer better protection (to a pathogen). On the other hand, because of immediate response to the immune system and Oestrogen, ladies, tend to have more autoimmune difficulties as contrasted to males!

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Conclusion: Males more prone to COVID-19 than females: In a contemporary Sero study carried in the (financial capital) city of Mumbai, it was determined that more ladies had produced antibodies to novel coronavirus, which declares the truth that ladies had a secondary disorder which went ignored as related to males, hence while more guys went on to exhibit signs, ladies remained mainly preserved due to their immune response.

(By Dr Rahul Pandit, Director-Critical Care, Fortis Hospital, Mulund)

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