The Majority Of Coronavirus Victims Are Men, And The Virus Is Hitting Adults Far Harder Than It Is Hitting Children

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The Majority Of Coronavirus Victims Are Men, And The Virus Is Hitting Adults Far Harder Than It Is Hitting Children

 

This coronavirus outbreak just keeps getting weirder.  With each passing day the number of confirmed cases and the number of deaths continue to rise, but not all demographic groups are being affected equally.  That seems very odd, but it may also give researchers important clues about how to fight this very deadly virus.  On Tuesday, global health officials finally gave this mysterious new coronavirus an official name.  From now on they will be calling it “COVID-19”, but I doubt that moniker will really catch on with the general public.  In any event, what everybody can agree on is the fact that this disease has the potential to rapidly spread all over the planet, and let us hope that the extreme measures that are being taken to prevent it from getting out of control will be enough.

 

One of the things that we have just learned about this virus is that it does not seem to affect men and women equally.

 

According to two different studies, it appears that men are significantly more likely to get infected than women are…

 

More men than women seem to contract coronavirus, several recent studies of patients at the heart of the outbreak suggest.

 

Among the Wuhan University hospital patients documented in one study, 54 percent were men. Another earlier study of hospitalized patients was made up of 68 percent men, Business Insider reported.

 

Scientists do not currently understand exactly why this is happening.

 

But researchers have pointed out that there was a similar pattern during the SARS outbreak

 

The 2003 outbreak of SARS struck more women among younger adults (20-54), but was more prevalent among men in older ages (55 and up).

 

When University of Iowa researchers exposed male and female mice to the virus, the males were more likely to contract SARS.

 

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