COVID-19: Researchers find coronavirus in men's semen

COVID-19: Researchers find coronavirus in men's semen

- Chinese researchers have discovered that there's a possibility that coronavirus could be sexually transmitted

- According to a new finding by the researchers, coronavirus can persist in men's semen

- This was discovered after 38 patients were tested by a team at Shangqiu Municipal Hospital

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A new finding has raised the possibility that coronavirus could be sexually transmitted. Chinese researchers said that the deadly disease can persist in men's semen even after the patients have started recovering.

Thirty-eight male patients treated in China were tested by a team at Shangqiu Municipal Hospital and about 16% of them had evidence of coronavirus in their semen, CNN reports.

According to a journal by the team, about a quarter of the patients were in the acute stage of infection and nearly 9% of them were recovering, the team reported.

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Diangeng Li of Chinese People's Liberation Army General Hospital in Beijing and colleagues wrote: "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."

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

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In other news, a nurse based in the United States has said she and other Nigerians living in the North American country do not believe that coronavirus back home is real.

The nurse identified as Yetunde Ifelowo said Nigeria's population is just like New York, adding that Nigeria would have had more cases than the United States if the virus is real back home.

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She said the United States is more equipped than Nigeria, adding that the latter does not have a functioning hospital that could admit patients.

Speaking about cases being reported in Nigeria, she said: "Who is really taking care of these people? Who are the nurses? Which hospital were they in? How many days were they in the hospital?

"So to me and some other Nigerians, we do not believe that Nigeria has the case. I think because of the herbs and home remedies that we are taking, I think it really helps. And this very virus doesn't survive under heat - so maybe that could be an advantage."

Meanwhile, previously reported that a corps member serving in Anambra, Ifere Samuel, had donated his April allowance to the state government as his own support for the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Samuel made the donation with other corps members from Dunukofia and Aguata local government areas who presented sanitisers, hand wash and 1,500 facemasks to the state.

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