New studies suggest bald men could develop more severe symptoms of COVID-19.
The scientist who conducted the study is suggesting that androgens, a male sex hormone, could play a part in hair loss and increase the virus’ ability to take over cells.
The study of 41 patients found that 71 per cent of the patients with COVID-19 were also bald. A second study of 122 male patients found that 79% of patients with coronavirus, were also bald.
Professor Carlos Wambier of Brown University who led the studies said in an interview with the Telegraph, “We think androgens or male hormones are definitely the gateway for the virus to enter our cells.”
These findings mean that hormone suppressing drugs could be used to slow down COVID-19 as this would give sufferers time to fight the infection.