Studies: Bald men more likely to have a severe case of coronavirus

Are androgens responsible for determining the severity of COVID-19?

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Bald man suffering from coronavirus (illustrative)
Bald man suffering from coronavirus (illustrative)

A series of studies appears to show that bald men are at greater risk of a more severe response to Covid-19, The Telegraph reports.

Professor Carlos Wambier of Brown University told The Telegraph: "We really think that baldness is a perfect predictor of severity."

"We think androgens, or male hormones, are definitely the gateway for the virus to enter our cells," he explained.

Prof. Wambier conducted two small studies in Spain, finding that a disproportionately high number of men with male-pattern baldness were admitted to hospital with severe cases of coronavirus.

In one study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 79% of the 122 male coronavirus patients in three Madrid hospitals were bald. That study followed on the heels of an earlier study of 41 patients in Spanish hospitals, where 71% were found to be bald. A similar correlation was found among the smaller numbers of women who suffered androgen-linked hair loss.

It was already known that men suffer more severe reactions to coronavirus than women, and now it is being theorized that the difference is due to the presence of male hormones called androgens, which, incidentally, also play a part in hair loss.

If the theory is correct, this raises the possibility of using hormone-suppressing treatment to slow down the progression of the virus, as an Italian study appeared to show. There, men on androgen-deprivation therapy were found to be only a quarter as likely to contract coronavirus as men on other treatments.