Medics in Wuhan have disclosed that there is a likelihood of Corona Virus affecting the production of sperm and the formation of male sex hormones, thereby reducing men’s fertility or sexual potency.
The comments according to Daily Mail newspaper were made on Wednesday by Prof Li Yufeng and his team at the hospital’s Centre for Reproductive Medicine.
Wuhan Tongji Hospital, affiliated to Huazhong University of Science and Technology, is one of the hospitals designated by the government to treat coronavirus patients since an outbreak started in Wuhan in January.
Although the coronavirus mainly targets one’s lungs and immune system, it can, in theory, impair a man’s abilities to reproduce, according to Wuhan’s Tongji Hospital
According to the experts, the new coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2, enters human cells and causes tissue damage by binding its spike protein to cell membrane protein angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2).
The ACE2 is known to be present in other human organs apart from the lungs and can especially be abundant in a man’s testes. It can be concentrated in several cells which are directly related to the male reproductive abilities, including the germ cells, supporting cells and Leydig cells, the team claimed.
They added that during the SARS outbreak in 2002 and 2003, medics observed serious immune system damage in the testicles of some male patients.
Even though doctors did not detect the SARS coronavirus, or SARS-CoV, in patients’ testicles, they could suffer inflammation in their sexual organs, the study said.
In a report released by the hospital, Prof Li and his team showed a graphic illustrating the cells in a healthy testicle. They studied the impact of SARS coronavirus on male patients.
Another image released by the team shows the cells in a patient’s testicle after he recovered from an infection caused by the SARS coronavirus. The medics have warned of similar inflammation to men struck down with the novel coronavirus, which has killed at least 4,718
Since the new coronavirus is highly similar to the SARS coronavirus and the two share the same host cell receptor ACE2, the team concluded that, in theory, the new coronavirus could cause damage to men’s testicles.
”Therefore, for men who have had the infection, especially those who need to reproduce, it is best to undergo relevant fertility tests, such as sperm quality and hormone level tests, upon recovery to detect possible problems as soon as possible,” a hospital report wrote.
Over 100 countries are now fighting the fast-spreading contagion, which was first detected Wuhan in central China.
Already China has declared that ‘the peak of the coronavirus in the country has passed’.
The World Health Organization has also declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic after blaming ‘alarming levels of inaction’ by governments across the planet for fuelling the crisis.
The disease has killed at least 4,718 people and infected more than 126,000 across the world.
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