A study has found that women are “considerably” more likely than men to suffer from Covid for a long time. It has also been found that they would experience different symptoms. The study underscored the critical need for gender-disaggregated research.
Long Covid means that complications persist for more than four weeks after the initial infection.
Researchers from the Johnson & Johnson Office of the Chief Medical Officer Health of Women Team, who conducted the analysis of data from approximately 1.3 million patients, have observed that women with long-term Covid exhibit a variety of symptoms, including ear, nose and nose. – and throat problems; mood disorders, neurological, skin, gastrointestinal and rheumatological disorders; as well as fatigue.
However, male patients were more likely to have endocrine disorders such as diabetes and kidney disease.
The study found that women are 22 percent more likely to develop Covid long-term than men. The research is published in the journal Current Medical Research and Opinion.
“Knowledge about fundamental sex differences underlying the clinical manifestations, disease progression and health outcomes of Covid-19 is critical to the identification and rational design of effective therapies and public health interventions that are inclusive and sensitive to the potential differential treatment needs of both sexes.” , the researchers explained.
“Differences in immune system function between women and men may be a major driver of gender differences in long-term Covid syndrome. Women develop faster and more robust innate and adaptive immune responses, which can protect them from initial infection and severity. long-term autoimmune diseases,” she added.
For the study, the team reviewed a total of 640,634 articles, representing 1,393,355 unique individuals.
(With input from agencies)
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