Well the Problem is Down South
A recent study highlights that higher COVID-19 infection risk in males is linked to their testicles
The coronavirus pandemic has caused havoc across most of the world as worldwide cases have crossed over 2 million. Moreover, the number of fatalities has also crossed over 165,000.
The United States is facing the worst of the pandemic as they have more than 764,000 positive cases with over 40,000 deaths.
Amidst all this, a new study suggests that there is a vast gender disparity when it comes to people being affected by COVID-19.
The study suggests that higher COVID-19 infection risk in males is linked to their testicles. The reason is the presence of ACE2 protein in the balls.
- Balls make Men more Vulnerable to COVID-19
- COVID-19 Mortality Rates are higher for Men
- And Other Reasons
Males more Prone to COVID-19
As per a study in New York and Mumbai, there is scientific evidence that males are more prone to COVID-19 because of the presence of a protein in their balls. Dr Aditi Shastri and Dr Jayanthi Shastri said that the virus attached itself to a protein that occurs in high numbers in men.
The name of the protein is angiotensin converting enzyme 2 or ACE2. Other than a large quantity of this protein in testicles, it is also present in the lungs, the gastrointestinal tract, and the heart.
Although this protein is present in other parts too, COVID-19 yet affects men more. The reason is that the virus could harbour there for longer periods since balls are walled off from the immune system.
As a result of men being more prone to COVID-19, their mortality rate is obviously far higher than that of women. For example, in the UK, the mortality rate in men is 1728.2 per 100,000 as compared to 840.9 per 100,000 in women.
The other findings of this research were that the virus lingers in men for longer periods than women. The study highlighted that the average amount of time to be cleared of the virus for women was four days while men took an additional two days.
There are other reasons too
However, others have suggested that the presence of protein in men is not the only reason for male subjects to be more prone to COVID-19.
Since men are more likely to smoke, have higher blood pressure or suffer coronary artery, they may be at greater risk of contracting the virus. Hence, it is all the more