198: Covid19 Disparities and New Research (Part 2 of 3) with Prof. Sabra Klein
Recently the Washington Post reported that among gender-identified covid19 disease cases looking at 20,648 people in Spain, men make up 60 percent of those that progress to the dangerous pneumonia stage. They make up 59 percent of the hospitalizations, 72 percent of the intensive care unit admissions and 65 percent of the deaths. And that's not all. The Guardian reports that "The trend was first seen in China, where one analysis found a fatality rate of 2.8% in men compared with 1.7% in women.
Since then, the pattern has been seen in France, Germany, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. In Italy, men have accounted for 71% of deaths.
So why are men more vulnerable?
On the Well Woman Show this week I share part two of a series I'm doing on the impact of sex and gender on health outcomes. Today I have another episode on the covid19 research and I talk to Sabra Kline, PhD, a researcher, and professor at John Hopkins University, whose research is focused on uncovering the mechanisms mediating how males and females differ in their immune responses to viral infection and vaccination.
On the show we talk about:
-The lack of gendered data for COVID19 patients
-How hormones play a role in the covid19 outbreak
- How important it is to put a light on male and female differences and the benefits we could have moving forward.