Researchers at the Department of Microbiology of The University of Hong Kong (HKU) have found that the COVID19 virus can cause acute testicular damage, chronic asymmetric testicular atrophy, and hormonal changes in hamsters despite a light pneumonia.
“In managing convalescent COVID-19 males, it is important to be aware of possible hypogonadism (low sex drive) and subfertility,” said Chair of Infectious Diseases Professor Kwok-yung Yuen, who led the research effort. “COVID-19 vaccination can prevent this complication.”
The HKU study of testicular damage of the virus, SARS-CoV-2, has been accepted for publication in the leading journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
Previous studies have reported testicular pain in COVID-19 patients. One autopsy study of males who died from COVID-19 showed orchitis with lots of testicular cell damage, but SARS -CoV-2 was not consistently found in semen specimens.
The HKU team investigated the testicular and hormonal changes of hamsters infected by virus given through the intranasal or direct testicular route using the influenza virus in the control group. The research finds that virus-infected hamsters developed self-limiting pneumonia. But even intranasal SARS-CoV-2 challenge caused acute decrease in sperm count, and serum testosterone starting from the 4 to 7 days. The SARS-CoV-2 infected hamsters developed testicular atrophy with reduced testicular size and weight. The serum sex hormone level was markedly reduced at 42 to 120 days after infection (dpi). Acute testicular inflammation, haemorrhage, and necrosis of seminiferous tubules, and disruption of spermatogenesis were seen.
From 7 to 120 dpi, the inflammation, degeneration, and necrosis of testicular tissue persisted. Intranasal challenge with Omicron and Delta variants were found to induce similar testicular changes. These testicular damages can be prevented by vaccination.
The control group of hamsters challenged by influenza A virus given intranasally or intra-testicularly showed no testicular infection or damage.
Reference: “Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections by intranasal or testicular inoculation induces testicular damage preventable by vaccination in golden Syrian hamsters” by Can Li, Zhanhong Ye, Anna Jin-Xia Zhang, Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan, Wenchen Song, Feifei Liu, Yanxia Chen, Mike Yat-Wah Kwan, Andrew Chak-Yiu Lee, Yan Zhao, Bosco Ho-Yin Wong, Cyril Chik-Yan Yip, Jian-Piao Cai, David Christopher Lung, Siddharth Sridhar, Dongyan Jin, Hin Chu, Kelvin Kai-Wang To and Kwok-Yung Yuen, Accepted, Clinical Infectious Diseases.
Extremely intereasting and Impportant Study from the Survival and Propogation of the Human Species Point of View
1. Almost all medical studies are carried out on Hamsters. So probably extendable to Human Species.
2. The Testicles are the factory which produces the Sperms required to fertilize the Egg. From among the milllions of Sperms , only one manages to win the Race, and fertilise the egg. This starts the process of a new Human Being arrival on Planet Earth.
3. Fits in with the theory and importance of Diet and delivering the optimal level ofenergy required to keep cells functioninng effectively and efficiently. Hence, the practice of Fasting prevelent in many communities to clean the entire Human Ecosystem and expel poisonous and harmful stuff from the same. Eating stuff which introduces harmful Bacteria and Viruses into the human ecosystem can also lead to the extinction of Humans. A Study of Extinction of Past Dominant Species on the Planet will shed light of the possible reasons for the same, which could have multiple different causes.
4. All Diseaes do appear to originate in the stomach, the factory where the food we eat sits and produces stuff harmful to the body. The theory of good health requires that the food we eat move through the system and after having provided the energy required by the cells, swiftly and gracefully exit the Human Ecosystem as waste ( Urine , Stoools). Hence, Increased Urination frequency in Diabetic Patients , as the Human Ecosystem is expelling the excess sugars in the blood of the Human Ecosystem, which can also result in cell damage and atrophy of the same. Hence , if the Consumption of Foods which are most efficient at doing this are very critical for Good Health.
5. The importance of the functioning of the excretory system and its critical nature for good health has not been understood. Ensuring the same is critical for duration and quality of life.
6. The world already has a huge problem . Many Couples are unable to concieve and propogate the species. It almost seems like a Pandemic. Now, if this report is confirmed , and can be confirmed by peers , we need to figure out ways of this problem or else future generations may be concieved in a petri dish and impregnation can become a clinical process , with the best sperm no longer playing a role in the propogation of the species. Holy Eugenics. looks like a future full of Test Tube Babies.
All because some idiots decided to make Bat Soup and consume it?
In ancient Vedic texts and prayers there is a Paryer to the Goddess Annapoorni (the Goddess whoh provides humans with grains and Staple Diet )includoing hetr Parents Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati her Parents. This makes sense now.
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