Findings in a new research on coronavirus say that bald men could have a higher risk of developing severe Covid-19 symptoms.
Carlos Wambier, a researcher at Brown University, told the Daily Telegraph he thinks “baldness is a perfect predictor of severity” of coronavirus.
However, other medical professionals have urged caution and said much more evidence is needed to support his claim.
According to the Telegraph, Prof Wambier conducted two studies in Spain, from which he concluded that a disproportionate number of bald men were taken to hospital with the virus.
Of the 41 patients he examined in his first study, 71 percent of them had male pattern baldness, a higher percentage than the background rate for baldness in men of a similar age.
In a further study, which was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Professor Wambier found almost 80 percent of 122 male Covid-19 patients in Madrid were bald.
“We think androgens or male hormones are definitely the gateways for the virus to enter our cells,”
This research comes after evidence suggests that men are more likely to die from Covid-19 than women. Scientists believe that androgens, male sex hormones that can cause hair loss, could also increase the ability of the virus to attack cells.