As COVID-19 infections continue to rise across the globe, more men than women have been reported to have contracted the virus. Sciestists have been curious about why men are the weaker sex that the virus seems to be targetting. When the virus first broke in Wuhan, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found the fatality rate among men was 2.8 per cent while among women it was at 1.7 per cent. Similarly in Kenya there have been more men than women who contracted the virus.
Studies have been conducted to explain why men are victims of the virus and they have revealed that, a number of factors may be working against men, some are biological factors and some are behavioural factors. Estrogen, a dominant in wome’s reproductive system, plays a core role in ther immune system, making them more immune. This sex hormone are involved in the way the immune system triggers an inflammatory response to virus.
Also the differencs in chromosomes in males and females has shaped the behavioural aspect of human beings. Although the X chromosome is dominant in men, making them perceived a s stronger,women tend to seek medical help muach faster than men when they fall it. Men would wait until their symptoms blow off the roof before they seek medical help.
Also theirsocial, behaviours like drinking and smoking, have put them at a high risk of contracting the virus. The public has been encouraged to practise good hygiene to prevent the spread of the virus.