According to a yet-to-be peer reviewed meta-analysis of 32 studies published in MedRxiv, a server for health sciences, men are three times more likely to die from the novel coronavirus than women. Men had a significantly higher death rate about 9.2% compared to 3.4% for women, showed the analysis of 4,700 hospitalised patients. These findings could indicate the need for a more aggressive treatment in males. Data from China first revealed that men accounted for about 64% of deaths while a similar gender gap emerged in Italy with men accounting for 71% of Covid-19 deaths. Researchers still don’t know why it is happening but smoking and higher coronary artery disease rates in men may play a role, they said.