We’ll make a woman out of you

Published April 28, 2020

Men are more like­ly to die from CoviD-19 than women. So the obvi­ous the­o­ry to test: If you give men estro­gen, will it save their lives?

Last week, doc­tors on Long Island in New York start­ed treat­ing Covid-19 patients with estro­gen in an effort to increase their immune sys­tems, and next week, physi­cians in Los Angeles will start treat­ing male patients with anoth­er hor­mone that is pre­dom­i­nant­ly found in women, prog­es­terone, which has anti-inflam­ma­to­ry prop­er­ties and can poten­tial­ly pre­vent harm­ful over­re­ac­tions of the immune system.

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