Study: Covid-19 coronavirus may damage testicles

KUALA LUMPUR (June 4): It has been found that men seem to suffer more from Covid-19 infections compared with women but there is now more bad news for the guys.

The coronavirus that causes Covid-19 could “cause damage to the testicles without actually infecting them” said researchers from China and the US, South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported yesterday.

The researchers from the two countries found that “the virus could enlarge and attack the cells that produce sperm”.

But they also added that “there were almost no viral genes found in the semen and testicular tissue of patient samples, suggesting it was not a sexually transmitted infection”, they stated “in a peer-reviewed paper” published in European Urology Focus recently.

“Sperm donation or an impregnation plan could be considered during convalescence for Covid-19 patients,” they assured.

SCMP also reported that another study in China found that “about one in five men reported scrotal discomfort after being diagnosed with the Covid-19 infection while in the US, a 42-year-old man who sought treatment for “constant stabbing pain that originated from his groin” was later “tested positive for Covid-19”, according to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Meanwhile in Malaysia yesterday, there were 93 new recorded Covid-19 cases, the highest in five days.

The spike was contributed by the discovery of more infections at the Bukit Jalil Immigration Detention Depot in Kuala Lumpur and the outbreak linked to a chicken farm in PedasNegeri Sembilan.

"Ninety-three new cases were reported, bringing the cumulative Covid-19 cases to 7,970 cases," said Health Ministry director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah.

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