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Coronavirus ‘Lingers In Testicles’ Making Men More At Risk Of Deadly Disease

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Men are more at risk of suffering severe bouts of coronavirus because the disease "lingers" in the testicles, a new study has found.

Researchers tracking the recovery of 68 patients in Mumbai, India, found that the virus took a much worse toll on men.

Dr Aditi Shastri, an oncologist at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, led the research along with her mother Dr Jayanthi Shastri, a microbiologist at the Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases in Mumbai.

They found that Covid-19 latches onto a protein known angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) which is found in large quantities in the testicles.

ACE2 is also found in the lungs, the gastrointestinal tract and the heart.

Since testicles are walled off from the rest of the body's immune system, the virus can stay there for longer periods of time, according to the study.

This may explain why women in many countries have tended to bounce back from the disease more quickly than men.

The preliminary report, posted on MedRxix, found that female patients took an average of four days to get the virus out of their system, while men took on average six days.

"These observations demonstrate that male subjects have delayed viral clearance," the authors wrote.

The findings match reports coming out of Italy, South Korea and New York which all show far higher coronavirus death rates among men than women.

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A number of other causes have been given for why men may be more susceptible to Covid-19.

These include that men are more likely to smoke or have conditions such as high blood pressure or coronary artery disease, all of which affect the body's ability to fight the infection.

It comes a week after researchers at Harvard Medical School found that coronavirus symptoms for men include stabbing pain in the testicles.

The NHS tells people to watch out for persistent coughs and fevers as well as abdominal aches and pains and difficulty breathing.

Earlier this month, another patient reported feeling a strange "buzzing sensation" running through their body.

Others have posted online about a similar "fizzing sensation".

One sufferer even said the disease made them feel as if their eyes were burning and left them with fatigue and diarrhoea.

Speaking to MailOnline, Birmingham-based surgeon Dr Viney said: "There are certain viruses that can affect the testicles, such as mumps.

"Only time will tell if Covid-19 also affects the testicles but it isn't a symptom many of the patients I've dealt with have complained about."

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