The man flu struggle might be real, says one researcher

A researcher reviews the evidence for gender bias among flu viruses

man in bed with the "flu"

POBRECITO “Man flu” is often used as a pejorative term for when men overstate their cold symptoms as flu symptoms. But the idea that men may experience more intense flu symptoms than women isn’t totally without scientific merit.

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