Doctors working at Vuhan, the zero point of the new type of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak, made statements on the effects of the virus on men. Even though there is no precise data yet, it was reported that severe coronary immune damage was observed in the reproductive systems of men in the outbreak of the old coronavirus SARS, seen in 2002, and similar risks could be found in the new outbreak.
Although the measures taken for the outbreak of coranavirus have been expanded, the increase in cases continues. As in previous coronavirus outbreaks, many studies are being conducted to understand the effects of the new type of virus (SARS-CoV-2) on human health. However, in order to complete these, the world of science must first solve the vaccine problem.
SARS, the old type of coronavirus outbreak seen in 2002, forms the basis of the scientific literature on the studies to be carried out. Although not as common as the new type of virus, the lethality rate of SARS was much higher. Over the years, studies on the effects on the human body have been completed to a large extent. Since SARS-CoV-2 is from the same virus family, the results of these previous studies are of great importance.
Warning from China: Male testicles can be seriously damaged by coronavirus
Doctors working at Vuhan, the zero point of the outbreak, can make predictions about the new outbreak, based on the results of previous coronavirus studies. According to the results of these studies, sperm production and male hormone formation in men can be damaged due to SARS-CoV-2.
The main symptoms of COVID-2019 disease caused by the new type of virus are known as shortness of breath, fever and cough. However, the effects of male individuals, especially regarding their hormones, have not yet been determined, because there is no such study on the new virus. For this reason, doctors in China are calling the male individuals who survived COVID-2019 back to the hospital for a fertility test.
Professor at Tongji Hospital. Li Yufeng and his team suggest that the virus, which initially targets the lungs and immune system, will also harm the ability of men to produce. According to the disclosures, the SARS-CoV-2 virus targets the ACE / 2 protein in the cells. This protein is abundant in the testicles besides the lungs.
During the SARS outbreak in 2002, even though the coronavirus is not found directly in the testicles of male individuals, some patients are said to have inflammations in their genitals. It is noted that the same danger exists because both SARS and SARS-CoV-2 target the same protein.
Men who have survived the COVID-2019 disease should undergo sperm quality and hormone tests after recovery:
Experts state that the best option for male individuals infected with the virus should go through fertility tests after they have gone through the disease. Thus, if there are problems in reproductive systems, early diagnosis can be prevented. According to recent studies, individuals who get caught with coronavirus may lose between 20% and 30% of their lung capacity after recovery. Definitive definitions of this data cannot be made yet.