Or Not Another Coronavirus Medium Article
Earlier this week I called my pharmacy to refill a prescription for the estrogen patch I am on and they were out. I didn’t think much of that until I called several (5) pharmacies and they too had run dry of this particular product (Estrodial which also contains progesterone). This led me to a Google deep dive to find the connection with Coronavirus and female hormones because at this point I started to assume it had something to do with the pandemic. It does!
On April 27, 2020 the New York Times published an article “Can Estrogen and Other Sex Hormones Help Men Survive The Coronavirus?” with the subheading “Men are more likely to die of the Coronavirus…” In this article it states that 75% of patients hospitalized in Cedar-Sinai for the virus and on ventilators have been male. These statistics are close to what other emergency rooms across the nation are reporting. Doctors in Long Island are now experimenting with the hormone to see if it increases immunity to the infectious disease. At the same time doctors at an emergency room in Los Angeles are administering Progesterone to patients to see if the anti-imflammatory and immune boosting properties of this hormone are the underlying connection to overcoming the respiratory response. One thing they noted is that the infection rates seem to be the same for both men and women, the difference is in the bodies reponse and severity of complications.
On another site called Covid Symptom Study (which claims to be “the largest ongoing Coronavirus study in the world) they are gathering data from their app to try and quantify how these hormones or lack thereof are effecting symptomatic populations. The site updates regularly and says to check back at a later time for the results to this questionnaire. At the bottom of the page are links to about fifteen ongoing studies on the correlation between female (or as the dean of the Rennaisance School of medicine called them simply “molecule of interest”) hormones. The site can be found at https://covid.joinzoe.com/us-post/covid-hormones-estrogen.
Out of all this research I know one thing is for sure…I better get my hormones soon. The mortality rate may take a further toll if pre-menopausal and straight up menopasal women are not receiving their mood regulating dose of estrogen/progesterone. That epidemic has no gender decrimination on who it attacks.