Women Seem To Be Less Likely to Die From Coronavirus Than Men. Here’s Why

Claudia Canavan
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From Women's Health

  • According to the latest data, women are less likely to die from the new coronavirus, COVID-19, than men
  • Children, meanwhile, also seem to be less likely to die from the virus versus other age groups
  • The findings come from a new study, conducted by the Chinese Centres of Disease Control

A new survey of 44,000 people, conducted by the Chinese Centres of Disease Control, shows that women are less likely to die from the new coronavirus than men.

The research, which analysed the ultimate impact of COVID-19 on affected people, revealed that 2.8% of infected men died, compared with 1.7% of women, reports the BBC.

When it comes to fatality and the disease, age plays an important role, as well as sex. The data shows that 0.2% of children and teenagers died compared with close to 15% of over 80-year-olds.

So, why?

When it comes to women, experts believe that women's lifestyle choices might be a reason for the imbalance. Women generally are less likely to due from infections of this nature, including flu, which scientists credit to things like women being less likely to smoke than men. In China, where this data was gathered, this is particularly pertinent, as it's estimated that 52% of men smoke compared with 3% of women. (In the UK, the stats are not as dramatic. In 2018, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimated that 16.5% of men and 13.0% of women smoke.)

Biological reasons are also cited by experts. Speaking to the BBC, Professor Paul Hunter, from the University of East Anglia, said: 'Women have intrinsically different immune responses to men. Women are more likely to suffer from auto-immune diseases, and there is good evidence that women produce better antibodies to vaccines against flu.'

And as to why kids seems to be less likely to die from the virus? That's probably a matter of exposure. 'At the beginning of outbreaks: parents keep children away from the sick,' said Dr Nathalie MacDermott, from King's College London, to the news outlet.

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