Males more vulnerable to coronavirus: AIIMS Director
New Delhi: As new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) rise in India, with 137 people testing positive for the virus and three deaths, the medical community is observing the growing trends as it prepares to combat any eventuality, reports IANS.
By Tuesday, almost three months after the new strain of the virus first appeared in Wuhan, China, it had already claimed close to 7,500 lives globally. Spreading to more than 125 countries, infecting more than 1,50,000 people globally and termed a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, the COVID-19 puzzle was yet to be cracked.
Randeep Guleria, Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, told IANS that from the data that the medical community has studied so far it appears males are more prone to get the infection rather than females.
"It is a new strain of the coronavirus. You will not get it from your pet, you will not pass it to your pet. It has mutated to infect humans. And immunity against this particular strain of the virus is not found in humans.
"One interesting trend is also it has occurred more in men compared to women," said Guleria, as a study in Wuhan also revealed that the virus might be affecting people with A type blood.
The AIIMS chief said that the reason for such trend was still unknown. "I don't know if it is women's immunity system that is protecting them or which may be better than males.
"The data that has come from China, shows that people who have severe illness are more men than women," he added.
He also cautioned that it is still premature to be certain about all such facts because the health community is still in the process of collecting relevant data.
"There are some trends which have to be analysed in a better manner - whether the virus is behaving differently in different age groups, in higher risk groups or in different gender.