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Virus hits men harder – and, no, it’s not just because of guys’ bad habits

Scientists suspect that fundamental biological differences make males more vulnerable to Covid-19

Victoria Lambert

Most day-to-day diseases don’t seem to care what sex you are: coughs, colds and stomach bugs latch on regardless.

But there’s clear evidence that Covid-19 is different. Across the world, scientists are reporting that men are much more likely to suffer severe symptoms from the illness, meaning more will succumb.

So what factors could be important? The most obvious are lifestyle-related: in the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), more men (16.5%) than women (13%) smoke. And if you’re a smoker, you’re already more likely to die from lung or heart disease, which would likely make recovery from Covid-19 more difficult as these are on the “high-risk” categories established by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS)...

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