COVID-19: biological factors in men’s vulnerability


The current COVID-19 outbreak has raised many questions, in particular the disproportionately higher number of deaths among men compared with women.

Due to the severity of the pandemic, a vast (and often confusing) amount of information has rapidly been published on the subject – yet our understanding may not be clear for some time.

In this webinar, published early due to its relevance, our key experts distil through the recent studies to bring you vital information on the biological explanations for why men seem to succumb more readily to the virus’ deadly effects. Key themes discussed include: an overview of recent statistics of COVID-19 in men; the ACE2 receptor and its relationship with the virus; and the the role of testosterone, endothelial dysfunction and the male immune system on the severity of COVID-19 infection.

Please submit any questions to the comments field below, and feel free to begin a discussion on some of the points raised.

Click here to access the webinar slides.

Key Speakers: 

Emeritus Professor Alan White
Leeds Beckett University (retired)




Professor Mike Kirby
Editor, Trends in Urology and Men’s Health




Dr Patricia Schartau
GP and Academic Clinical Lecturer
Hampstead Group Practice and University College London




  • Introduction
  • COVID-19 in men: what we know so far – Alan White
  • COVID-19 and the ACE2 receptor – Patricia Shartau
  • Testosterone and COVID-19 – Mike Kirby
  • COVID-19 and the immune system – Alan White
  • Q&A – All

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