Scientists have found the coronavirus in the semen of infected men. Perhaps COVID-19 sexually transmitted

A group of Chinese scientists has discovered coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in the semen of patients with COVID-19. The study was published may 7 in the journal JAMA Network Open.

In the study, which was conducted from 26 January to 16 February in the hospital Shangqiu city district, was attended by 50 patients at the age from 15 years (all signed informed consent). Sperm samples were able to provide 38 men. Signs of coronavirus found in the biomaterial six patients, while two of them at that time was already considered recovered.

Scientists at this point to low sample and short observation period for patients. “Further research is needed on detection of virus survival and concentration in the sperm,” – said in a summary of the article.

Also, the study authors noted that to prove the possibility of transmission of coronavirus infection sexually need further research. It is, in their opinion, can play a critical role in the prevention COVID-19. “Avoid contact with saliva and blood can not be enough, because the survival of the SARS-CoV-2 in the semen of recovered patients keeps the probability of infection [partner]”, – emphasized in the article.

Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in late 2019 in China. March 11, 2020, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 4,05 million people, including more than 279,8 thousand died of 1.38 million recovered.

According to who, the main mode of transmission of coronavirus in contact with the respiratory droplets of an infected person.

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