Scientists have linked high testosterone to the lower COVID-19 fatality cases in Africa.
WHO had predicted a total fatal disaster in February when COVID-19 hit Africa’s overburdened public health systems.
AstraZeneca, a firm that is producing COVID-19 vaccines said, Estrogen-a drug that has been alleged to cause cancer- was being overpowered by African High levels of testosterone.
Research has found that estrogen can improve your immune system, while high testosterone levels decrease its performance.
As a result, women tend to get less sick than men and have significantly stronger immune responses to vaccines.
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By March, coronavirus had alredy hit Africans and was already wreaking havoc in wealthy Asian and European nations.
United Nations agency and WHO predicted that by April, even with social-distancing measures, the virus could kill 300,000 Africans.
In May the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that millions of Africans could die if containment measures failed.
Yet as the world marks 1 million COVID-19 deaths, Africa is doing much better than expected, with a lower percentage of deaths than other continents.
The continent’s case fatality count stands at 2.4 per cent, with roughly 35,000 deaths among the more than 1.4 million people reported infected with COVID-19, according to Reuters data as at late Monday.
Hard-hit countries such as Italy and Britain have recorded fatality counts of 11.6 per cent and 9.0 per cent respectively.
In Africa, 1.6 per cent fatality rate was reported for Ethiopia, 1.9 per cent for Nigeria and 2.4 per cent for South Africa, the continent’s worst affected country.
Scientists while trying to explain why Africans have been spared by the Chinese virus, reported that COVID-19 deplete Testosterone, this is why Male patients had poor prognosis.
For the first time, data from a study with patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 suggest that the disease might deteriorate men’s testosterone levels.
Publishing their results in the peer-reviewed journal The Aging Male, experts from the University of Mersin and the Mersin City Education And Research Hospital in Turkey found as men’s testosterone level at baseline decreases, the probability for them to be in the intensive care unit (ICU) significantly increases.
Lead author Selahittin Çayan, Professor of Urology, states that while it has already been reported that low testosterone levels could be a cause for poor prognosis following a positive SARS-CoV-2 test, this is the first study to show that COVID-19 itself depletes testosterone.
“Testosterone is associated with the immune system of respiratory organs, and low levels of testosterone might increase the risk of respiratory infections. Low testosterone is also associated with infection-related hospitalisation and all-cause mortality in male in ICU patients, so testosterone treatment may also have benefits beyond improving outcomes for COVID-19,” Professor Çayan explains.
“In our study, the mean total testosterone decreased, as the severity of the COVID-19 increased.” The patients who died, had significantly lower mean total testosterone than the patients who were alive,” Çayan added.
According to studies, African men have naturally stronger Testosterone as compared to the other races.
In March, another African Professor of Medicine and WHO accredited researcher published that melanin was naturally resistant to fatality of the Chinese Virus.