One thing is becoming alarmingly clear with the COVID-19 coronavirus. This disease DOES discriminate.
Sure, ANYONE can get it. It can strike at ANY age. And even seemingly young and healthy people can end up in the ICU ravaged by this infection.
But there’s one group of patients who face the highest risk of all. And men, I hate to be the bearer of bad news here… but it’s YOU.
As frightening as that is, I’m not trying to scare you. I’m here to help – because those same numbers reveal something else.
They show very clearly how to CUT your risk.
Because while you CAN’T change the fact that you’re a man, you certainly CAN change the other conditions that make this disease so much harder on you.
MORE serious infections and MORE deaths
I’m sure you’ve heard by now how dangerous the coronavirus is for seniors. Especially those older folks with preexisting conditions.
That’s certainly true, and we all need to be extra careful because of it. But a new study shows that not all seniors face the same risks.
It turns out guys are MUCH more likely to develop serious coronavirus infections and have more complications. Which means they’re also more likely to end up in the ICU and on ventilation.
And most tragically of all, older men are more likely to die.
In Italy, men make up a whopping 70 percent of all coronavirus deaths. And while the numbers here in the United States are still emerging, we’re seeing a trend in the same direction.
For example, in Santa Clara County, California, one of the epicenters of the outbreaks here, men make up 75 percent of the deaths.
Cut your coronavirus risks with better habits
But another analysis of the data from multiple countries, shared by CNN, shows it’s not merely being male that makes the difference. It’s that guys tend to have worse health habits than women.
Men are FIVE TIMES more likely to smoke. And they’re up to FIVE TIMES more likely to drink excessively, too.
Both of those conditions – especially smoking, but also heavy boozing – damage the lungs. And that makes you more susceptible to respiratory infections in the first place and more likely to suffer from complications when they do strike.
But here’s the thing. Your lungs have a sort of superpower. They have an incredible capacity to heal themselves, especially when you stop damaging them with something like tobacco.
So guys, don’t just treat this coronavirus self-isolation period like a stay-cation.
Treat it like one of those rehab shows.
Use it to kick these bad habits and pick up some new healthier ones. And ladies, if you have either habit yourself, it’s high time you do the same too.
It not only could help protect you from the coronavirus out there right now. It’ll help ensure the next disease to make the rounds – and there WILL be another one – will be less likely to hurt you, too.