I’ve always thought that my illnesses are a little worse than my girlfriend’s illnesses, and if she got a taste of what I go through about once a year, she surely wouldn’t survive?
Now it seems that science has once again backed me up and proven that the legendary Man-Flu is a real thing and should be treated with the seriousness it deserves. Now I’m not talking about the sniffles here, where a guy gets a blocked up nose and sore throat. Full-on Man-Flu is a different beast altogether and can render a man useless for up to a week.
A new study has found that viruses such as tuberculosis and papillomavirus affect men more severely than they affect women. Not only are the symptoms more severe in men, but up to 50% more severe and we have a high chance of infection. The study was completed at the Holloway University of London and studied different diseases, bacteria and viruses to see if men and women exhibit differences once infected
“Viruses may be evolving to be less dangerous to women, looking to preserve the female population. The virus wants to be passed from mother to child, either through breastfeeding, or just through giving birth.” Francesco Ubeda – Study Researcher
The study was quick to mention that it did not find physical differences between men and women in the immune systems, but rather in the virus strains themselves as they prefer to attack men more severely. This would still allow the female to reproduce and continue to provide hosts for the infection.
“It has already been established that men and women react to illness differently, but evidence shows that viruses themselves have evolved to affect the sexes differently.”
Next time she gives you stick for having Man-Flu, just remind her that she is lucky that viruses don’t deem women worthy enough to fully incapacitate. Or, just man-up and ask her to make you some soup.