Is there a relationship between finger length and disease severity? "COVID-19"?

Researchers report that the difference in the length of a person’s left and right fingers could provide important information about their susceptibility to the disease if they contract Covid-19.

Although for most patients this is a mild illness, in some cases, Covid-19 develops into a serious illness requiring hospitalization.

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To inform effective public health interventions, it is important to identify those patients who are at risk of severe illness. This is the topic of a study involving experts from Swansea University.

During the pandemic, older and male patients experienced the most severe symptoms of COVID-19, so experts say the late decline in male testosterone may be due to hospitalization.

It is believed that information about testosterone is contained in the lengths of the fingers, in the so-called ratio of numbers, which is the difference in length between the index finger, denoted D2, and the ring finger, denoted D4, calculated by dividing the length of the index finger of this hand Along the ring finger of the same hands (D2:D4).

Compared to women, men have longer pinky and ring fingers compared to the third (middle) and second (index) fingers.

The proportions of the fingers (D2:D4 and D3:D5) often differ between the right and left hand, and these differences may contain information related to testosterone and Covid-19 severity.

The little finger is labeled D5 and the middle finger is labeled D3.

Now Professor John Manning, a finger ratio expert from the A-STEM Research Group, is working with colleagues at the Medical University of Lodz in Poland to take a closer look at the topic.

Their latest research paper published in Frontiers in public health, about the existence of an association between the asymmetry of the right and left proportions of the fingers and hospitalization for Covid-19.

Professor Manning said: “The significant differences between the right and left hand in D2:D4 and D3:D5 are related to the severity of COVID-19. It is hoped that understanding such links will enhance our ability to accurately identify people at risk.” “

Their findings follow those of a study published earlier this year that examined the severity of COVID-19 and its association with low testosterone and possibly high estrogen levels in men and women.

Manning added: “Our study helps to better understand acute COVID-19 infection. Hospitalization is more common among older people and men, but there are many older men who develop mild symptoms of COVID-19, while some younger men also have female symptoms.” The disease is more severe. Our study can help identify the people who are most at risk of hospitalization across age groups.”

Source: Medical Express