We probably all know at least ONE guy who has fallen victim to Man Flu. If you don’t know what Man Flu is, you’ll totally get it once we explain…
The proper definition? It’s ‘a cold or similar minor ailment as experienced by a man who is regarded as exaggerating the severity of the symptoms.’
After women around the world scoffed over the idea of it for years, it turns out victims of Man Flu may actually be able to say ‘I told you so’.
According to a new UK study, some viruses do make men sicker than women.
Fatality rates of infectious diseases are often higher in men than women, in fact previous research has found men infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) are 1.5 times more likely to die than infected women.
Also, men infected with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) are five times more likely than women to develop cancer and are at least twice more likely than women to develop Hodgkin’s lymphoma following a Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection.
It really comes down to the fact that men can’t give birth…
The reason why is often attributed to a stronger immune response in women, but two scientists from the Royal Holloway University of London argue it’s more likely explained by the “evolution” of the particular virus.
Their study, published in journal Nature Communications, has found women can pass pathogens to their children during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding and it’s these additional opportunities of transmission that reduces the pathogens virulence – the ability to cause damage and disease.
The virus actively wants to spread itself to as many people as possible, and takes umbrage with the fact that men can’t give birth.
Well – that explains the constant whining then…