Dr.. Osama Abu Al-Rub
The bad news about Corona virus emerging (Covid-19) related to men seems to continue, after data are received that the death rate of men with corona patients is higher than that of women, a new study has found that the corona virus may lead to damage to the testicles.
The study was carried out by researchers at Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, China, and it was widely published on Chinese social media and carried by British newspapers.
According to the researchers, the Corona virus is invaded by a mixture of a protein called "S" and an enzyme called "ACE2".
In addition to the lungs, this enzyme is found in other organs such as the small intestine, kidneys, heart, thyroid and testicle.
In particular, this enzyme is present in large amounts in the testicle, which indicates, according to researchers, that the Corona virus has the potential to cause damage to this region.
In theory, the researchers said, one can expect that infection with the Coronavirus will result in damage to the testicle, which affects the production of sperm and androgen.
Androgen is a group of steroid hormones that play a fundamental role in the growth and development of males, the most prominent of which is the male hormone testosterone.
The researchers added that this may affect male fertility, and may cause severe infertility, and the lack of androgenism may affect the secondary sexual characteristics and male sexual function and reduce their quality of life.
This is not the only study to indicate a correlation between the Corona virus and male fertility. Last month, researchers from the Suzhou Hospital of Nanjing Medical University published a study indicating that the virus can cause damage to the kidneys and testicles.
However, it is important to note that none of these studies have been reviewed yet, and more research is needed.
Although this link has not yet been established, researchers urge male Coronavirus patients to perform a fertility test as soon as they recover.
An analysis of the cases of coronavirus infection, previously published by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, showed that the death rate between men and women was uneven, so researchers found that the mortality of men was 2.8% of the infected, and 1.7% of women, although the infection of men and women was in numbers Almost equal.
Scientists say there are several factors that may work against men in the current epidemic, and they point out that men are the weaker sex when it comes to forming an immune response against infection.