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Why are more men dying from coronavirus than women? Here’s what the experts say

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As coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to sweep through the world, daily reports show that more men are dying from the killer virus than women.

A research published by China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that the death rate among men is 2.8% compared with 1.7% for women and the research suggests the trend will continue despite men and women being infected at similar rates.

According to Sabra Klein, a scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the pattern—men faring worse than women—is consistent with other viral respiratory infections. “Women fight them off better,” she said.

Officials noticed this gender difference during the SARS and MERS outbreaks as well, according to Caryn Rabin. For instance, research found that in 2003 more women were infected by SARS in Hong Kong, but men died at rates 50% higher than women. And during the MERS outbreak, 32% of men died of the infection compared with 25.8% of women, Caryn Rabin reports

Why is the virus killing more men than women?

Below are few reasons highlighted by some experts about why more men die from the killer virus than women.

Women have a heightened immune response

Research on previous outbreaks shows that women have stronger immune responses to coronavirus.

According to Janine Clayton, director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at NIH, “There’s something about the immune system in females that is more exuberant,” but researchers have yet to figure out what that is.

Some researchers think the higher level of estrogen, which contributes to immunity, and the fact that women have two X chromosomes, which carry immune-related genes, could factor into women’s heightened immune response.

For instance, in one experiment, researchers exposed mice to SARS and found male mice were more susceptible to the infection and were slower to clear the virus. They also died at higher rates and experienced more lung damage, according to Stanley Perlman, senior author of the study and a professor of microbiology at the University of Iowa.

However, when the researchers blocked estrogen in the female mice and removed their ovaries, they were more likely to die from the virus. Blocking testosterone in the male mice on the other hand had no effect on the death rate.

Men and women have different health behaviors, conditions

Patients’ existing health conditions and health behaviors can make them more susceptible to the virus, and increase their risk of death, Caryn Rabin reports.

When it comes to health behaviors, Caryn Rabin writes, China has the largest population of smokers in the world at 316 million people, but while more than 50% of Chinese men smoke, only about 2% of Chinese women partake in the behavior.

Chinese men also have higher rates of high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease than women, all of which can increase the risk of complications and death from a coronavirus infection, Caryn Rabin reports.
According to a few unpublished Chinese studies, patients with delayed coronavirus diagnosis or who had pneumonia at the time of their diagnosis have an increased risk of death. And one study suggests men may be waiting to seek care, as they were more likely than women to present at hospitals with the disease at a more advanced stage.

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Fares will be automatically adjusted against the increase in fuel prices – GPRTU (See Details)

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Fares will be automatically adjusted against the increase in fuel prices – GPRTU (See Details)

The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has announced that prices will automatically be adjusted whenever petrol prices increase by 10%.

The union says a 15% increase in transportation costs will be repeated whenever fuel prices reach 10%.

Richard Yaw Amankwah, GPRTU’s Deputy Secretary-General for Operations, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the union’s decision to estimate transportation costs and fuel prices was intended to benefit the industry.

“We have said that whenever the cost of petrol increases by 10% or more, we will increase fares,” he said.

“We are still looking at the cost. We are just wasting our time. “The same amount will be spent on travel expenses when it reaches 10%,” he told GNA.

On March 1, 2022, the prices of the previous petrol and diesel pump prices increased by 30 liters per liter, to GHC 8.20.
Some market experts predict that if nothing is done to reduce the cedi value of the dollar against the dollar, petrol prices could rise to GHC9.0 a liter.

The price volatility of petroleum products is due to the continued increase of Brent Crude in international markets.

The Institute for Energy Security (IES) predicted a 4% increase in petrol and diesel prices this week, citing cedi performance against the dollar as a major factor.

The IES has ruled that cedi is down 4.11 percent to close GHC6.85 to the dollar in the previous price window.

The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) also predicts that prices for petrol, diesel and LPG by 4.6%, 3.4% and 2.5% will increase by 2.5% from March 1, 2022.

In the First Price Window of March 2022, it predicted that petrol and diesel would be GHC8.190 a liter and LPG would be GHC9.163 per kilogram.

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Government Workers: Potential Unpaid Salaries For The Next Three Months – Speaker Alban Bagbin Reveals Deep Secrets (+Video)

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Government Workers: Potential Unpaid Salaries For The Next Three Months – Speaker Alban Bagbin Reveals Deep Secrets

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has revealed that the government may not be able to pay salaries in the next three months.
The speaker said this was because of what he said was his knowledge.

Addressing Parliament, the Speaker urged Members of Parliament to show leadership in these difficult times. ”

“This is not to discourage the committee from carrying out its duties. If nothing is done within the next three months, the government may not be able to pay the salaries. ”

“So we have to take the leaders. We have to do a lot of things,” he said.

His concern comes amid labor unrest to improve working conditions and rising living costs, as the government struggles to secure an Electronic Transaction Levy, which he calls a major solution to the country’s many financial problems.

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