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Are Men More at Risk from Coronavirus than Women?


The newest reports are that over 300 thousand people have been infected with COVID-19 and more than 13 thousand have died from it. Spreading rapidly, corona has become a serious threat to humanity. Predictions are that 2/3 of the global population will be infected, but in most cases, it’s going to be a just a mild infection.

WHO (World Health Organization) has conducted an analysis in China and the results put people over the age of 65 at the highest risk, especially those with a chronic illness.

Coronavirus is infecting men, women and children equally, the difference is in how those groups are able to fight off the virus.

WHO claims that men get sick from COVID-19 significantly more often than women. According to the statistics from China, in the month of January the mortality rate among men was 2,8%, while it was 1,7% among women. The statistics were similar for both SARS and the flu.

The reason for this is that women have stronger immunity. The hormone estrogen plays a big part, as it helps increase the function of an immune system and works hard to fight off infections. On the other hand, testosterone in men blocks the immune system.

Genetics have a huge role, too. Genes relevant to the immune system and responsible for revealing the cause of diseases are coded on the X-chromosome. Women have two of them, while men have only one.

Another factor is the difference in lifestyles, as men tend to have more unhealthy habits than women. Men smoke more than women and the lungs of smokers are more prone to viruses.

It was first believed that children cannot get infected with coronavirus. However, this was disproven. Children can get the virus and spread it to other people, having mild to no symptoms themselves. There is no scientific explanation for this yet.

Trump Approves the First Corona Medicine


Donald Trump, President of the United States of America has announced that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved hydroxychloroquine as the first medicine for COVID-19.

Hydroxychloroquine is not a novelty. It has been used since 1955 for treating malaria and relieving arthritis, lupus and other diseases. It isn’t expensive either. In some countries highly affected by malaria monthly costs are up to 5 dollars, and around 25 dollars in the USA. It is administered through pills.

The prognoses are looking good – due to the medicine’s long-term usage it is able to bypass many rigorous procedures, since its unwanted effects on high-risk patients are already known. They include, in a small number of patients, vomiting, headaches, eyesight problems and exhaustion, which don’t sound too bad when in comparison with the dangers of COVID-19.

All that’s left is to determine whether hydroxychloroquine is actually efficient in fighting the coronavirus, and the first results seem promising, but we’re still in the early stages of testing.

Dr. Didier Rault from the French University has published preliminary results from 36 COVID-19 positive patients. 6 patients showed no symptoms, 22 had a respiratory tract infection, and there were 8 cases in which the infection had spread to the patient’s lungs.

At the beginning of March, 20 of these patients were receiving 600 mg of this medicine, and some of them were also being treated with an antibiotic called azithromycin used for curing bacterial lung infections. The rest of the patients, the control group, were administered placebo.

6 days later, 70% of patients which were administered hydroxychloroquine were completely cured. 12,5% of the control group were also cured, and all 6 patients – serious cases – which were receiving azithromycin alongside hydroxychloroquine were cured as well.

These results are very promising, but we shouldn’t celebrate just yet – it’s important to note that this was a preliminary study with a small number of samples. This medicine warrants further research, which is being carried out right now.

Should you Exercise Outside During the Corona Pandemic?


The world is currently fighting a very dangerous enemy, the coronavirus. Some countries have declared a state of emergency to stop the spread of COVID-19, which includes new movement and contact restrictions.

In these challenging times, a question is being posed: Should we go walking or jogging?

Physical activity outside helps us maintain our mental health, and clear our minds which is very important in these conditions. However, we should also listen to the doctors and experts and avoid close contact with other people.

Carolyn C. Cannuscio, social epidemiologist from the Public Health Initiative Center of the Pennsylvania University, for New York Times:

“As long as you keep your distance, getting around is allowed. People wanting to go out should do their best to maintain their personal space. We must try to avoid face to face contact, so with every decision we make we must have that in mind. I recommend having a walk through the less busy streets, places with a small amount of people and where it’s possible to avoid contact. Also, you should avoid stopping to chat with your neighbors.

If you notice a lot of people outside, be patient and go outside later. If you have to go the store or the pharmacy and notice crowds, turn back and come back later.”

Trying to maintain your personal space can look funny, and with a lot of businesses and schools moving to the online world, walking the streets can start to look like you’re playing a video game, but this is the reality we will have to face if we want to survive the fight with the corona pandemic.

The need to go out and clear your head is a concern of many Public Health Officials who specialize in risk assessment through all aspects.

Crystal Watson, scientist from the Center of Heath Safety Johns Hopkins says:

“If you keep at least 2 meters distance from others, you almost certainly aren’t risking your health. I think that people should go out in the sunlight. Walking your dog or going to the park is safe and necessary if you keep the social distance.”

Queen is Moving from Buckingham Palace due to Coronavirus


Queen Elizabeth II is moving to Windsor Castle for Easter, week earlier than usual.

The monarch, 93, usually takes up an official residence at the castle for a month over the Easter holidays. It seems like she will stay there longer this year as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread around the UK.

Traditionally, Queen Elizabeth hosts occasional ‘dine and sleep’ events for the guests, which include politicians and public figures. However, changes must be made this year.

Also, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be received at Buckingham Palace this week, and also the Commanding Officer of the HMS Queen Elizabeth and the Bishop of Hereford. However, public events with a massive number of people will now be canceled or postponed.

This also includes annual Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel on April 9, and the three Garden Parties held by the Queen in May. The two additional Garden Parties for the Not Forgotten Association and the National Trust will also be cancelled.

Bankruptcy due to Corona, Weddings Canceled


April and May are the most popular months for wedding celebrations, but unfortunately, due to the pandemic, a lot of them will have to be canceled.

A couple from Britain have been planning a huge Hindu wedding near London, but they have realized that all their plans went to waste since most of their guests decided to cancel.


The wedding has cost them 100.000 euros, and they are now trying to get in contact with their suppliers for a possible refund.

Another couple from Britain were supposed to get married in Italy next month, although they had to cancel due to the current situation in the world, especially Italy. The couple has been planning this event for their 150 guests for the last 6 months.

Planning a wedding is not an easy task, and many people plan it a year in advance. Rescheduling can be very stressful, but in times like these it’s important to remember that health comes first.

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