Friday, May 8, 2020 – As the global race to find a vaccine for the Covid19 gathers momentum, researchers have found out that the virus could be transmitted through semen.

This means that there is a possibility that the virus could be sexually transmitted.

The Chinese researchers said they found traces of Covid19 in the sperm of men who had recovered from the disease.

Consequently, doctors are encouraging people who had coronavirus to abstain from sex or use condoms if further trials show the disease is passed on through sex.

A study of 38 patients found that six of them, including two who had recovered, had the novel virus in their semen.

According to the report, about a quarter of them were in the acute stage of infection and nearly 9 percent of them were recovering.

“We found that SARS-CoV-2 can be present in the semen of patients with COVID-19, and SARS-CoV-2 may still be detected in the semen of recovering patients,” Diangeng Li of Chinese People’s Liberation Army General Hospital in Beijing and colleagues wrote.

“Even if the virus cannot replicate in the male reproductive system, it may persist, possibly resulting from the privileged immunity of testes,” the team added.

Privileged immunity means that the immune system cannot fully reach the region to attack viral invaders.

The coronavirus mainly spreads from droplets produced when infected people cough, which are inhaled by people nearby.

Some studies have reported finding the virus in blood, faeces and tears or other fluid from Covid19 patients with inflammation in their eyes.

“Abstinence or condom use might be considered as preventive measure for these patients.

 “It may be wise to avoid sexual contact with men until they are 14 days without symptoms,” the researchers advise.

The Kenyan DAILY POST.


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