Coronavirus has infected nine British citizens so far, and the government has been working in close collaboration with international parties and the World Health Organisation to monitor the virus. Now, a new discovery had unearthed that more men than women are affected by the condition.
CNBC report Chinese researchers have concluded that more men have been affected by coronavirus than women.
In the largest study on the outbreak to date, 72,314 patient records from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were analysed.
Published on Monday 17th February 2020, records detailed 44, 672 cases of coronavirus, 16,186 suspected cases and 889 cases where the carrier of the coronavirus displayed no symptoms.
CNBC adds: “The CDC data suggested that fatality rates were higher among men than women.
“Officials recorded a 2.8 percent fatality rate for male patients versus 1.7 percent for women.”
Simon Clarke, associate professor in cellular microbiology, spoke of the gender difference.
He said: “It might be down to the sort of men and women included in the analysis. It might not be an underlying biological reason.
“You have to be able to exclude all sorts of other social factors in order to be able to say there’s a real biological difference — it could be down to circumstances.”
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Coronavirus: Men affected more than women
The study notes that elderly people and those with pre-existing health conditions are at the most risk of contracting a fatal case of coronavirus.
The data reveals just 4.7 percent of the confirmed cases of coronavirus had reached “critical” status.
Critical status referred to patients who exhibited symptoms such as respiratory failure, septic shock and multiple organ dysfunction – with half of the critical cases having turned fatal at some point.
The CDC confirm symptoms of coronavirus can range from mild to severe (including death).
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The first symptom the CDC wants people to be aware of is having a fever.
This is when your body temperature reads 38 degrees and above on a thermometer.
The second symptom is a cough, and the third symptom is shortness of breath.
Very similar to the common cold, it can take between two to fourteen days for symptoms to appear.
The latest report by The World Health Organisation (WHO) – published Tuesday 18th February – states no new countries have reported cases of coronavirus.
And, globally to date, there are 73, 332 confirmed cases of coronavirus. To help prevent the virus from spreading further, WHO has a few recommendations.
As the virus is zoonotic – meaning the virus can move from animals to humans – WHO suggests to avoid unprotected contact with farm or wild animals.
WHO also encourage frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with people who are ill.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General released a statement on Wednesday 19th February.
He said: “In just seven weeks, this outbreak has captured the world’s attention, and rightly so, because it has the potential to cause severe political, social and economic upheaval.
“Outside China, we have seen a steady drip of new cases, but we have not yet seen sustained local transmission, except in specific circumstances like the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
“We know that more than 80 percent of patients have mild disease and will recover. In two percent of reported cases, the virus is fatal, and the risk of death increases the older a patient is, and with underlying health conditions.”