Any guy can relate to the nightmare that is ‘man flu’ 😂🤒
The flu is hitting many states with a vengeance. There is already widespread flu activity in California, Oregon, and Oklahoma, as well as up and down the east coast. NBC’s Erika Edwards reports. My New Year’s Eve didn’t work out as planned. Instead of pulling on glad rags for a party, I was pacing an A&E corridor. For two nights my husband had suffered bad chest pains but didn’t want to “trouble” the doctor so instead necked Gaviscon. Don’t talk to me about man flu. We need a word for its opposite, the anti-hypochondriac who dismisses every symptom while obviously suffering like Monty Python’s armless Black Knight, insisting “’Tis but a scratch”.
Scientists suggest you go easy on the sniffling man in your life – he could have fallen victim to the ‘man flu’, after all. Using a mathematical model to analyze the role that gender plays in the behavior of viruses, researchers from Royal Holloway University have found that some infectious diseases may have evolved to be more harmful to men than women. “Viruses may be evolving to be less dangerous to women, looking to preserve the female population,” said researcher Francesco Ubeda.
Using a mathematical model to analyze the role that gender plays in the behavior of viruses, researchers from Royal Holloway University have found that some infectious diseases may have evolved to be more harmful to men than women. In a nutshell, there could be some weight to the theory that men act like wussies in the face of infection – a phenomenon commonly (and mockingly) known as the ‘man flu.’
Scientists now believe that certain viruses are, in essence, ‘going easy’ on women in an attempt to get themselves passed on to children through pregnancy, birth or breast-feeding. In other words, these viruses may see women as more valuable in terms of their ability to transmit the infection to other people, meaning that men tend to be hit harder by symptoms since the virus cares less about their survival.
“The virus wants to be passed from mother to child, either through breastfeeding, or just through giving birth.“
Men are more likely than women to die from a range of diseases, including chickenpox and tuberculosis. While this variance in mortality rates has often been linked to a stronger immune system in women, this new research suggests mutations in the virus itself may actually be responsible.