Researchers seem to have found the reason for the high infection rates in men. It has been clear since the beginning of the corona pandemic: men contract the corona virus more often than women and they also die much more often as a result of the infection. A European study may now have found the logical explanation.

The results, published in the European Heart Journal, show that men's blood has a higher value than a key enzyme called ACE2 compared to women. The corona virus needs exactly this ACE2 in order to penetrate the cells, multiply and finally pass into the lungs.

Medications that are prescribed as ACE inhibitors or blockers for heart failure, diabetes or kidney disease would, according to the test series, not lead to higher ACE2 concentrations. Patients who are dependent on appropriate medication with the blockers therefore have no higher risk of developing COVID-19.

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