Dr. Peramsetty: Males Are Getting Covid-19 More Often Than Females.
Tuscaloosa physician Dr. Ramesh Peramsetty says reports from the United States indicate that men appear to suffer more severe cases of Covid and die of the disease at greater rates than women. Male deaths from Covid are up to 20% higher than female deaths. The cause of this is unknown. And more research has to be done to determine why this is.
One theory is that women's immune response to the virus is stronger. The immune response throughout life to vaccines and infections is typically more effective in females compared to males.
Another theory about why this is happening could be because of the different lifestyle choices of men and women. For example, men generally tend to smoke more than women and smoking affects the level of pre-existing diseases such as heart disease, chronic lung disease, and cancer. This increases your chances of more severe disease from Covid.
Dr. Peramsetty reports as of yesterday, Tuscaloosa has had a total number of 35,362 Covid cases with an increase of 10 and a total of 617 confirmed deaths. An average of 29 cases per day was reported in Tuscaloosa County, about the same as the average two weeks ago. Currently, DCH has 24 Covid inpatients, with seven patients in the ICU l, among them five or fewer are on ventilators.
The FDA has authorized the use of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for children five to 11 years of age. The CDC is recommending that all children ages five through 11 Get the Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer. The Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is administered three weeks apart as a two-dose primary series but is a lower dose, 1/3 of the adult dose with a smaller needle. Shipments of that vaccine started last Friday following the FDA decision to authorize the vaccine for kids.
About 15 million doses are being shipped this week. And the distribution of this vaccine should be fully operational by Monday, November 8th.
Listen to q&a with Dr. Peramsetty here.
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