Ever since this pandemic began, medical experts and healthcare authorities were dealing with the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 as its close cousins, SARS and MERS, all of which cause respiratory diseases. Although this new coronavirus is more deadly than its previous strains, yet its mode of transmission and entry was considered the same, up till now.
The new shocking study by the Chinese scientists from Shangqiu Municipal Hospital in China has identified coronavirus in semen. Although it doesn’t clearly say that this virus could be transmitted through sexual contact or not but there are positive thoughts that it could.
The researchers in this study collected samples from six coronavirus positive patients, which were hospitalized. All of them were repeatedly tested for coronavirus and reported positive. Four of these individuals were exhibiting chronic symptoms of the virus while two were in their recovery phase.
The complete study results are published in the journal JAMA Network Open. Click here to read the study findings.
This study is performed on a small scale and has no follow-up on these patients. There is no way to tell that when did this virus made it to the semen. It also doesn’t tell whether or not this virus was transmitted to their partners.
These results contradict another Chinese study that studied 34 patients all of which were coronavirus positive. Published in the journal Fertility and Sterility., this study found no transmission of coronavirus via sexual contact.
Likewise, many other U.S. and Chinese researchers also reported negative for the virus’s presence in semen. They studied coronavirus patients between eight days and three months after they were diagnosed with the COVID-19 and reported nothing.
Dr. John Hotaling from the University of Utah, who has co-authored this study says that it was only observed in patients with most severe symptoms representing an extreme stage of infection.
The medical experts believed this new coronavirus, like other coronaviruses, spreads through droplets in air or on surfaced which other people inhale or touch, and the virus then enter to their bodies through the nasal and oral cavity.
There are many other studies that indicated the presence of coronavirus in blood samples, feces, tears, and even farts of the infected patients. However, none of them reported coronavirus patients to have this virus in their semen.
This new medical evidence suggests that other viruses, like Zika and Ebola, might always spread through sexual contact, despite being an unlikely mode of transmission. The reason it has been reported positive here, in the case of coronavirus, means that it might be true for many other viruses as well.
This new shocking study has opened a new debate on the mode of transmission of all these deadly viruses and how to prevent it. experts believe that is necessary to know whether or not this virus could be sexually transmitted because this disease has become an international public health concern. Thus it needs a comprehensive guideline and prevention plan so there must be a definite answer to this.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has commented on this new bizarre study that it should not alarm anyone. And to be on the safe side, everyone who suspects having coronavirus should avoid sexual contact with his spouse or partner for 14 days, just like the quarantine period. For others, who suspect that their partner might be coronavirus positive should talk to them about it and wait for a few days to see whether or not they develop any symptom.
Whether or not coronavirus is inside the semen, right now the world needs effective prevention and care plan. As it might be the only way to get rid of the deadly coronavirus until its vaccine is developed.