Coronavirus impacts men more in comparison to women, as revealed by new research from 11 European countries. Men have bigger blood levels of the specific enzyme that help the virus infect cells.
Earlier this week the research was published in the European Heart Journal. As per the research, the blood of men has a higher concentration of “angiotensin-converting enzyme 2,” or ACE2. This means that the organs of men have more “receptors” of the ACE2. This enables the virus to infect the cells.
Over 2000 elderly men and women took part in the study. There were no corona virus-infected persons in it. However, they had heart problems. Most of the participants used the common blood pressure drugs that prevent the effect of the ACE2.
It was emphasized by the expert that the participants that were taking medication did not have higher concentrated levels of ACE2. This further adds to the earlier researches regarding drugs not increasing the chances of a person being infected by the virus.
In another study, it was revealed that studies found that four times fewer smokers contracted COVID-19 than non-smokers. Thus the frontline healthcare workers and patients in France might be given nicotine patches.