There have been over 25,000 deaths from coronavirus worldwide.
Looking at data from countries like Italy and South Korea, the majority of casualties have been men, according to CNN.
70% of the victims have been males in Italy, while in South Korea men make up 54% of the reported deaths from COVID-19.
Although the United States has yet to release data based on gender, health officials have taken notice of the statistics.
“The mortality in males seems to be twice in every age group of females,” White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Brix said, according to “Today.” “This should alert all of us to continue our vigilance to protect our Americans that are in nursing homes.”
Experts believe disparities in lifestyle habits, immune systems and risk factors between the sexes may be playing a part in the mortality rates.
Smoking, alcohol use and overall poor health are more prevalent in men.
According to the World Health Organization, 40% of men smoke, while in women the rate is 9%. This puts male at a higher risk of developing lung disease and respiratory problems.
Men are also more likely to skip doctor visits and check-ups and are more prone to have hypertension.
According to the CDC, people with chronic lung disease, moderate or severe asthma, serious heart conditions, or immunocompromised have a higher risk of becoming seriously sick from coronavirus.
Another factor possibly giving women an edge is their ability to fight off viral infections.
“There’s something about the immune system in females that is more exuberant,” Dr. Janine Clayton, director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health, told The New York Times.
One study showed women have more adaptive immune systems which can lead to a “faster clearance of viruses.” While another study suggested having two X chromosomes “could contribute to an immunological advantage for females in many infections.”
Regardless of gender, everyone is advised to protect themselves by washing their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and keep distance between yourself and other people.