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COVID-19 is probably more deadly to men than women, but scientists still aren’t sure why

C&EN, July 27, 2020

July 27, 2020

COVID-19 is probably more deadly to men than women, but scientists still aren’t sure why

The data pointing to a higher COVID-19 death rate for men don’t surprise Andrew Noymer, who studies population health and disease prevention at the University of California, Irvine. “Men are more susceptible to just about every infection, which is one of the reasons they live less long,” he says. “COVID-19 is adhering to expectations on the sex differences. I realize that’s not a sexy quote for your readers. But it’s the truth.”