The Italian Institute of Higher Health announced that the risk of showing Covid-19 symptoms (long Covid) for more than two months is twice as high in women compared to men.
Across the country coronavirus collecting data, Ministry of HealthThe Institute of Higher Health (ISS), affiliated with, has long studied the information obtained so far about Covid. The institution announced the results of this research with a statement titled “Long Covid: Women seem to be affected more”.
“Overall, women seem to be twice as long as men to develop Covid,” the statement said.
However, it was stated that this difference is valid for women under the age of 60 and that the risk difference between the genders becomes close to each other after this age.
The ISS stated that one possible reason for this risk difference between the sexes may be related to the way the immune system reacts. The institute said, “The hypothesis about the autoimmune system can explain the higher prevalence of this syndrome in women. The immune system response in women is stronger than men, due to both genetic and hormonal factors.”
The Institute of Higher Health emphasized that more research should be done in this area and it should be studied to determine the treatment methods specific to the genders and individuals against Covid.
According to the institute, long Covid risk factors include gender as well as advanced age and a high body mass index.
On the other hand, it was determined that children were not exempt from the long Covid risk. As a result of examining the data of 129 children with Covid, it was seen that 20.6 percent of these children continued to show at least three Covid symptoms 120 days after the initial diagnosis.
According to the Italian Institute of Higher Health, although there is no clear definition of long Covid, symptoms for more than 2 months are generally considered to be “long Covid”. These symptoms include persistent fatigue, headache, shortness of breath, loss of smell, muscle weakness, fever, cognitive dysfunction (brain fogging), tachycardia, intestinal disorders and skin problems.
In the analysis conducted by scientists from King’s College London in England last October, it was determined that women between the ages of 50-60 were the group most prone to developing long Covid.
According to this study, other risk factors include advanced age and showing 5 or more symptoms in the first week of the disease.