A Chinese study showed that infection with the Corona virus does not only make the patient suffer from respiratory symptoms and lose the sense of taste and smell, but the virus may be transmitted sexually and cause infertility in men.
According to the study, conducted by researchers at the Chinese hospital Shangqiu and published by the American medical journal "JAMA", the researchers found traces of the virus in the semen in 15% of infected men who were studied.
The study was conducted on 38 people infected with the virus over the age of 15 years, during the period January 26 to February 16 last, and found Corona virus in the semen of 6 infected, equivalent to 15.8%.
Dr. John Aitken likened the Coruna virus to the Zika virus, which is sexually transmitted, saying: "It must be confirmed if sperms have the ability to carry a viral infection from males to the female reproductive system, as happens during sexual transmission of Zika, for example." According to the American newspaper "New York Post".
The Zika virus is one of the yellowish viruses transmitted by mosquitoes, and it was first detected in monkeys in Uganda in 1947, and then in humans in 1952 in the same country and the Republic of Tanzania, and outbreaks of Zika virus disease were recorded in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the ocean Quiet.
The study also found that the corona virus in human sperm leads to the accumulation of the hormone angiotensin II, which regulates kidney function and blood pressure, and increased levels of this hormone cause an immune response against the corona virus molecules that increase the availability of reactive oxygen species that cause cell death.