Experts opine that hormonal factors, coupled with the innate ability to struggle against the odds, contribute towards increased immunity among women, which is giving them an edge in the battle against the deadly virus.
“There are some hormones in women which men do not have. It is found these hormones could fight well against the virus, so the infection and fatality rate is low among women,” said Prof Be-Nazir Ahmed, former director of disease control at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The country yesterday saw the biggest jump in coronavirus cases in a day with 2,911 new cases being reported in 24 hours till 2:30pm, which took the total number of confirmed cases to 52,445.
According to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), about 71 percent of the total infected persons are men.
The death ratio is also much higher for men.
For instance, in 10 days from May 23, about 257 people died of Covid-19. About 213 of them were male and 44 were female, DGHS data shows.
Be-Nazir said compared to women, men go outside their residence more often, which increases the risk of infection.
However, he said there are some other factors behind women’s greater resistance, such as growing up amid adverse environments, which strengthen their immune system.
“As a result, although men enjoy more facilities and freedom than women, they could not fight well against the novel coronavirus,” he said.
Be-Nazir also added that the increasing number of Covid-19 cases were due to the government’s mismanagement from the day one.
Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, additional director general (administration) of DGHS, said a total of 12,704 samples were tested in 52 labs across the country in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, 523 Covid-19 patients have recovered since yesterday, taking the total number of recoveries to 11,120 and the recovery rate to 21 percent, the DGHS official added.
A total of 388 people were put under isolation in 24 hours, she added.
Among the deceased, 10 were from Dhaka, 15 from Chattogram, four from Sylhet, three from Barishal, two from Rajshahi, two from Rangpur and one from Mymensingh division.
Of them, one was between 21 and 30 years old, four between 31-40, one between 41-50, 10 within 51-60, nine between 61-70, 10 between 71-80 years old and the other two between 81-90, Dr Nasima also said.