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COV19 can cause impotence

How’s this for a motivation to get vaccinated?

For months a recent study has discovered that SARS-COV-2 can cause penile and erection problems that can last for months.

The reason being that SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection that causes COVID-19 is known to damage blood vessels, this includes all vessels even to the penis.

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine examined penile tissue samples from COVID-19 patients who had become impotent after infection using an electron microscope. They found that coronavirus particles were still causing damage six to eight months later.

A more detailed study revealed evidence of penile blood vessel damage in these COVID-19 patients, compared to two other men with ED who had never been infected. The virus affects endothelial function, the regulation of blood pressure by the walls of blood vessels.The damage is similar to the damage in the lungs, kidneys and brain, common in patients with severe symptoms from COVID-19. Lead researcher Ranjith Ramasamy indicates that they believe these effects “could be permanent.”

Researchers indicate that it is to be expected that COVID-19 could affect men in this way, given the virus’s ability to cause inflammation and to damage blood vessels.

However, the study analyses a few clinical cases, and the extent and duration of the damage produced will be able to be studied in greater detail in the coming months.

Ed Gladstone
Author: Ed Gladstone

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