Men are more likely than women to die from COVID-19.
That’s according to recent research from the United Kingdom, where an examination of nearly 11,000 COVID-19-related deaths found that men are nearly twice as likely to die of the coronavirus.
A study from Wuhan, China, where the virus was first detected in late 2019, showed that men were 2.4 times more likely than women to die of the disease.
A study published earlier this week in the journal “Nature” offers a possible reason for that trend: Women seem to develop a stronger T-cell response to the virus than men.
T-cells are a type of white blood cell that helps the immune system identify and destroy an invading virus.
According to new research, women develop more T cells than men in response to the coronavirus. In addition, the strength of men’s T-cell response to the virus seems to deteriorate with age, with older men having poorer T-cell responses than younger men.
A woman’s age doesn’t appear to affect her T-cell response.