Why men are dying at higher rates than women from COVID-19

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US Navy sailors practice patient transfers from the pier onto the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) during the nation’s COVID-19 response. Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sara Eshleman.

Preliminary data from the CDC show that men in the U.S. are more likely to be hospitalized and more likely to die from COVID-19 than women. China and Italy saw the same thing.

Men are more likely to smoke, but they also may have a genetic disadvantage when it comes to fighting a virus. That’s according to Dr. Sharon Moalem, author of the new book “The Better Half: On the Genetic Superiority of Women.”

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Guest:
Dr. Sharon Moalem - author of The Better Half: On the Genetic Superiority of Women”

Host:
Madeleine Brand

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Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Angie Perrin