Novel Coronavirus Found in Semen: Study|中國新發現 確診男性精液篩出新冠病毒
The coronavirus can be found in semen, raising questions of whether it can be sexually transmitted. A team of Chinese researchers took semen samples from 38 male COVID-19 patients, and viral particles were detected in 6 of them, or about 16 percent. Local experts say they were not sure whether the virus could be sexually transmitted but the possibility cannot be ruled out. Meanwhile, Chinese researchers also found at least 30 strains of the novel coronavirus. The most aggressive strain has been found in China's Zhejiang Province, Spain, Italy, and New York in the United States.
COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, with 3.75 million confirmed infections and over 26,000 deaths. A new Chinese study has reported that the genes of the novel coronavirus were found in the semen of six infected men. Local experts say the novel coronavirus is primarily spread through droplets and via contact, but it is also possible that it travels to other organs in the body via blood and therefore the possibility that COVID-19 is sexually transmitted cannot be ruled out.
Sexual organs have receptors, so when the virus gets close to the sexual organs of humans, it's possible that it is discharged along with semen.
Chinese researchers also found at least 30 strains of the novel coronavirus. The most aggressive strain has been found in China's Zhejiang Province, Spain, Italy, and New York in the United States. It can generate 270 times the viral load of the least potent type.
It can be that there was a comparatively more aggressive strain of the virus that spread to these areas, resulting in a higher number of patients in these places and more severe outbreaks. It's also possible that viral strains in the beginning weren't so different. As they spread extensively, the more successful strains emerged and remained inside these communities.
Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan Chairperson Huang Li-min added that it was inevitable that the novel coronavirus would mutate, as over three million people around the world have already been infected. The pandemic is still spreading, so the public is reminded to diligently wash hands, wear masks, and maintain social distancing to reduce the risk of infection as a vaccine is not yet available.
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