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Do Women Experience Coronavirus Differently From Men?

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Reviewed by Veera General Health
  • 10 June
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Do women have better immunity to fight the virus? Here's all you need to know about how coronavirus affects genders

A disease that originated in a seafood market in Wuhan Province in China is now a dreaded pandemic and as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise, you must be wondering how you can prepare for the virus. According to statistics, COVID-19 is proving more fatal to men than women. But does it mean that women have better immunity to fight the virus? Here's all you need to know about how coronavirus affect women and men differently.

Are the Symptoms of Coronavirus Different in Women?

The short answer is, no - men and women experience similar symptoms and discomfort when infected by the novel coronavirus. If infected, you may experience mild to severe respiratory illnesses like fever, cough, shortness of breath and pneumonia, irrespective of your age. However, older people with underlying medical problems like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic respiratory disease are more likely to develop serious infections.
That said, according to statistics, women are less likely to die from coronavirus than men. A study published in the Chinese Centres of Disease Control showed that the disease proved fatal to 2.8 % of infected men as compared to 1.7% of women, however we still have a lot to study.

Fewer Women Are Dying of Coronavirus - What is Saving Their Lives?

The difference between men and women's death rates from coronavirus is likely to be due to correlation rather than causation reasons. Men can tend to have poorer lifestyle choices as compared to women. For instance, men smoke more than women, which affects their lung health.

Reviewed by: Dr. Shailly Prasad, Resident Physician, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Disclaimer: Content on Veera is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice, or as a substitute for medical advice given by a physician

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