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Good Morning Britain doc explains why tall men are more likely to catch Covid-19


Good Morning Britain doctor Sarah Jarvis has explained why taller men are more likely to catch coronavirus.

During Thursday’s episode, Dr Sarah said that more research has shown that small particles of Covid-19 can float up into the air rather than dropping down.

She said: “This is exactly the same theory that has led us to review out advice on masks, which has led us to suggest that face coverings will reduce risk, and that’s because of aerosols.

“At the outset, pretty much all viruses spread by two main ways – one is droplets when you cough or sneeze, and the virus is fairly heavy, it comes out and it goes downwards because it’s in big droplets.

Dr Sarah Jarvis explained why taller men are more prone to coronavirus
Dr Sarah Jarvis explained why taller men are more prone to coronavirus

“The other is when you contaminate a surface and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth.”

She went on: “Now we see with coronavirus that there is more aerosol spread – these are very tine particles.

“And they can go up as well as down,what seems to be happening here is those aerosol particles, because they’re so tiny, are going up into the air.”

Ben joked that the research meant he was more at risk, but Charlotte said he wasn't
Ben joked that the research meant he was more at risk, but Charlotte said he wasn’t

However she did add: “This is an observational study, it has not been peer reviewed.”

The telly doctor went on: “We know men are more likely to die than women are, and we have also seen that men who are bald are at higher risk than men who aren’t, and we think this might have something to do with testosterone.”

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Host Charlotte Hawkins, speaking of taller men, said: “You’d think they would be above all the coughs and sneezes, but it says they are more likely to be struck down, people above six feet tall, up to twice the risk.”

The doctor said research has shown that small particles of Covid-19 can float up into the air rather than dropping down

Her co-host Ben Shephard joked: “So me, then!”

But Charlotte cheekily quipped: “I think you’ll be alright.”

Dr Sarah also debunked Donald Trump’s claim that anti-malaria medication hydroxychloroquine could effectively treat coronavirus.

She said it is generally used for lupus and could affect the heart.

Donald Trump Jr has been banned from Twitter for 12 years for spreading misinformation surrounding the drug.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV





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