New Research Discovers Men Over Six Feet Are Twice More Likely to Contract COVID-19
A recent research has added weight to a new theory that states that tall people are twice as likely to get infected with the dangerous airborne coronavirus causing COVID-19. According to data from 2,000 people in the US and UK, men above 6ft were more prone to getting infected with the coronavirus. While women over 6ft also had greater odds as well, there were too few who were infected in the study which suggested that the results weren’t too reliable at the moment.
1The findings don’t prove that tall people are totally vulnerable to the virus
While the research shows that there is a higher rate of infections among tall people it doesn’t necessarily mean that tall people are somehow genetically more vulnerable to infection by the virus. As per scientists, the risk for taller people contracting the virus is generally the same as any other person since the virus is mainly spread through coughing or sneezing.
The research results actually indicate that COVID-19 infects people via aerosols or tiny particles that linger in the air which can be exhaled. While health officials had earlier ruled out the fact that COVID-19 is airborne, they have recently revised their opinion after reviewing new ‘emerging evidence’.
2A team of scientists analyzed the research’s survey results
According to the official data, the average man in England was 5ft 9″ (175.3 cm) while the average woman was 5ft 3″ (161.6 cm). A team of data scientists from the UK, Norway and the US-led by experts at the University of Oxford analyzed the survey results.
A range of personal and work-related factors which could affect the risk of COVID-19 infections was observed by the study. Respondents were mainly inquired about their employment status, income, means of travel if they lived with other people, and how much they socialized among other factors.
3Most of the people surveyed were over 6ft tall
Out of the 2,000 people who were surveyed- 1,000 from the UK and 1,000 from the US, 339 people had a height of over 6ft. there is still some analysis which yet to be scrutinized by fellow scientists. But, it showed that taller people were more prone to being diagnosed with the virus.
Compared to people under 6ft, the chances of getting infected with COVID-19 was twice as much in the case of tall men and women in the UK. In the US, these odds were lower for men but much higher for women given that they were shown to be nine times more vulnerable to the virus. However, since the proportion of women who were over 6 feet was extremely less in the data, the findings didn’t prove to be too significant for the researchers.