Why does CoronaVirus target more men than women? This question has been asked for a long time and now scientists have discovered the answer.
Why does coronavirus target more men than women? This question has been asked for a long time and now scientists have discovered the answer. Scientists have outlined several reasons for this.
Nearly 60% of men in corona deaths
Since the beginning of the epidemic, it has been seen that men are more at risk than women. So far, the number of people who have died since COVID-19 is the highest number of men. There have been many arguments behind this, but now scientists have found out the real reason. The study, published in the journal Nature, says that nearly 60% of corona deaths globally were male.
“We found that men and women have developed a variety of immune responses against COVID-19,” said Professor Akiko Iwasaki of Yale University, the study’s main author.
Amazing T lymphocyte
The researchers collected nose, saliva and blood samples of non-infected and patients admitted for treatment at Yale New Haven Hospital in the U.S. He then monitored them to understand the immune responses of patients. The researchers found that women have a more robust immune response, including T lymphocytes. T lymphocytes are a type of white blood cells that can identify and eliminate viruses.
In elderly women, T lymphocytes are present, which makes them cope with the corona much better than men. On the contrary, T-cell activity in men was found to be weak. According to the researchers, T-cells are weakened with growing age in men and are easily vulnerable to coronaviruses.
Cytokines threatened by hurricane
As a whole, men also produce more cytokines, a kind of inflatable protein that forms the second part of the body’s natural immune system. However, severe cases of COVID-19 have been linked to ‘cytokines’ storms, when the immune system starts to work excessively quickly and pushes the body into a dangerous and deadly situation. The study also found that women who had higher levels of cytokines had higher levels of disease risk.
Advocacy of different treatments
Researchers say the study concludes that men and women need different treatments. For example, in men, vaccine-assisted T-cell reactions should increase, while women may be given treatment to slow cytokine response. However, the study has not been extensive, so this may be questioned. Only 98 people were involved. In addition, the average age of patients was also around sixty years.