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Scientists in China Raise Concern Over Coronavirus Affecting Male Fertility

COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus, has turned into a global pandemic within the past couple months, with the number of cases rising over 500,000.

April 20, 2020
Bridget Houlihan

COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus, has turned into a global pandemic within the past couple months, with the number of cases rising over 500,000. Although the coronavirus’s main symptoms and issues occur in a person’s respiratory system, chinese scientists found a potential link to the coronavirus affecting male urinary and reproductive systems. It isn’t certain how true the information is until further studies are done, but they are advising male victims of the coronavirus to have a clinical follow-up on their fertility.

This article covers:

  • How deadly is the coronavirus?
  • How does the coronavirus affect male fertility?
  • What can you do to prevent getting the coronavirus?

How Deadly is the Coronavirus?

To understand how deadly the coronavirus can be all depends on the location you’re in, how old the victim is, and what underlying health conditions the person has if they contract the virus. For the most part, many people are recovering by quarantining themselves within their house, but many people need to be hospitalized. Even though there isn’t an official fatality rate yet, many elderly people are affected because of pre existing heart conditions.

Depending on the location you’re in, age, and heart condition, the coronavirus is known to be deadly, but many people are known to have survived.

Symptoms of the coronavirus are mainly within the respiratory system, including a fever, cough, shortness of breath, and even difficulty breathing. Some other symptoms can consist of a runny nose, sore throat, fatigue, aches within the body, and some people have even experienced a loss of smell and taste.

How Does the Coronavirus Affect Male Fertility?

Recently, scientists in China have raised a potential link to the coronavirus affecting the urinary and reproductive systems in males. The coronavirus is known to infect human cells, and this was found to be highly expressed within the male testicles and kidneys. Healthcare workers have been advised to keep a careful eye on male victims of the coronavirus by paying close attention to the male’s kidneys and fertility and advising them to get a clinical follow-up check up once their symptoms start to alleviate.

Although the data hasn’t been proven to show a definite problem within male fertility, scientists plan on furthering the research with this potential issue. As of now, doctors are finding an interest in exploring this to see if it is a real issue that younger men should be worried about if they fall victim to the virus.

What Can You do to Prevent Getting the Coronavirus?

We know that the coronavirus is a big issue right now and that it may be scary thinking about being the next victim of the virus, but there are many steps that you can take to prevent contracting it. Everyone should be washing their hands for at least twenty seconds after you have been in public places, or if you sneeze, or cough into your hands. Hand sanitizer is a great alternative if you are somewhere where you can’t wash your hands, but washing your hands frequently is the best way to prevent getting the virus.

Make sure to wash your hands frequently after travelling to public places, or if you sneeze, or cough in your hands.

It is also advised to stay inside as much as possible and avoid close contact with people if you have to go out in public. It is recommended to stay at least six feet away from people and to cover your mouth and nose with a cloth mask when out in public as well. The CDC also states that you should disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, such as doorknobs, counter tops, light switches, phones, and many others.

Even though there is a global fear over the coronavirus, make sure to stay positive during these hard times. If you are a male and contracted the coronavirus and you notice the symptoms starting to go away, go to your doctor and check your fertility to make sure the virus hasn’t affected it in a negative way.

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