A study conducted found that Men who are experiencing Male Pattern Baldness may have a higher chance of contracting Covid-19.As the world faces a pandemic unprecedented like never before and with no cure in sight, we take a look as to why Men who are bald tend to be more susceptible to Covid 19.
The first step to the virus’s entry into a cell is a “bite” from a protease enzyme that is produced only by action of androgen hormones. The infection by SARS-CoV-2 seems to be mediated by androgens.
The androgen receptors which bind to DNA, have genetic variations that predispose individuals to hyperandrogenic features where the receptor binds with more affinity to the male hormones.
TMPRSS2 & SARS-CoV-2
Early studies in the wake of novel coronavirus indicates that TMPRSS2 is key to SARS-CoV-2 infection. In other words, the scientific evidence gives reason to believe that beardy, bald men may be more vulnerable to COVID-19 in comparison to those with a head full of hair.
Vulnerability to Covid 19
Dr. Carlos Wambier, an assistant professor of dermatology and clinician educator at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School together with his team of researchers from New York University, lay the ground work for a hypothesis. They discovered that the same male hormones that cause hair loss are linked to the vulnerability of patients to SARS-CoV-2.
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