According to an announcement made on Friday, March 20, 2020 from one of the leading doctors on President Donald Trump’s Wuhan virus task force, newly-released data indicate that men are more than twice as likely as women to die from the virus.
“From Italy we are seeing another concerning trend. The mortality in males seems to be twice in every age group of females,” Dr. Deborah Birx commented at the White House daily briefing.
“This should alert all of us to continue our vigilance to protect Americans that are in nursing homes.”
Birx also added that the data showed that younger people are still at risk of contracting the disease. However, they recover in most cases.
“We continue to review the data and we continue to see signs that individuals under 20, 19 and under may have severe disease but the majority have all recovered to date,” she said, emphasizing how containing the virus will require a community-wide effort.
“Frankly, this requires all the communities, and when you see the sacrifices that many Americans have made and service industries have made to close their restaurants and bars so the spread can stop and you understand how all Americans must have to make the same sacrifice,” she asserted.
She stressed that anyone can catch the virus.
“Finally, no one is immune. I sometimes hear people on radio or others talking about being immune to the virus. We don’t know if the contagion levels are different in age groups, but it is highly contagious to everyone,” she said.
“Do not interpret mild disease as lack of contagion or you are immune. The ability to fight the virus in a way that older people or people with existing medical conditions can’t.”