While this link is yet to be proven, researchers are urging male coronavirus patients to have their fertility tested once they’ve recovered
This week, coronavirus cases in the UK surpassed 430, leading to widespread panic about the spread of the disease.
The disease is known to cause a range of unpleasant symptoms, including shortness of breath, fever and cough.
However, a new study has warned that the disease could also cause damage to men’s testicles .
While this link is yet to be proven, researchers from Wuhan’s Tongji Hospital are urging male coronavirus patients to have their fertility tested once they’ve recovered.
In their study , which has been widely shared on Chinese social media, the researchers, led by Professor Li Yufeng, explained: “New coronavirus infections are mainly caused by damage to the lungs and immune system, but in theory new coronavirus infections can also cause testicular damage.
“Therefore, the team of Professor Li Yufeng from the Reproductive Medicine Center of Tongji Hospital reminded that: males infected with new coronary pneumonia should undergo fertility examination after rehabilitation.”
The coronavirus invades cells through the combination of a protein (S protein) and an enzyme, dubbed ACE2.
As well as the lungs, this enzyme is also expressed is several other organs, including the small intestine, kidney, heart, and thyroid, according to the researchers.