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Why Covid-19 Is Deadlier for Males

Genes, sex hormones, and stress form a dangerous trifecta

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People whose sex is male have a greater risk of developing severe Covid-19 infections and ultimately dying from the disease. Not only is that a trend doctors have observed since the beginning of the pandemic, it’s also the finding of a recent study that pooled data from over 3 million people from 47…

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Dana G Smith

Dana G Smith

Health and science writer • PhD in 🧠 • Words in Scientific American, STAT, The Atlantic, The Guardian • Award-winning Covid-19 coverage for Elemental