It looks likes coronavirus is starting to develop more symptoms than doctors thought before, such as erectile dysfunction in men.
Although medical experts have suggested that the coronavirus is much deadlier for men, studies have found that the male population is far less likely to take measures that could significantly reduce their chances of infection. But if the prospect of death isn’t enough to scare men into wearing masks or practice social distancing, perhaps the threat of impotence will.
During a recent interview with NBC 5 Chicago, infectious disease expert Dr. Dena Grayson spoke about the long-term effects of a COVID-19 infection and highlighted the possibility of it leading to erectile dysfunction.
“There is some real concern here that men could have longtime issues of erectile dysfunction from this virus, because we know that it causes issues in the vasculature,” Grayson said. “So this is something that is of real concern—not just that this virus can kill, but can actually cause long-term, lifelong potential complications.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some of the reported long-term effects of COVID-19 are brain fog, intermittent fever, heart palpitations, lung function abnormalities and acute kidney injury. The agency does not list impotence as a reported consequence, but as Grayson noted, experts are learning more and more about the disease and its aftermath as the number of infections grows.
” … The vast majority of people do seem to recover from this virus, but as time goes on, and more and more people are infected, we’re going to unfortunately see more and more of these long-term negative consequences of infection,” she said.
Though erectile dysfunction isn’t a confirmed long-term symptom of COVID-19, Grayson’s comments have created a stir on social media, as many reshared her warning as way to convince the public—specifically men—to adhere to the recommended safety measures. You can read some of the reactions below:
I read yesterday that covid 19 causes erectile dysfunction for some men who contract the virus- I said oh – if gets trending – the mask controversy will go away pretty quick.
— MichelleM (@Hareguygirl) December 5, 2020
COVID-19 can cause erectile dysfunction. Follow pandemic protocols, wear a mask, wash your hands often!
— Hilary Dare (@HilaryDare) December 5, 2020
A mild case of COVID-19 can cause erectile dysfunction. ? https://t.co/zHT0SiXZh0
— DeMarcus (@semperdiced) December 4, 2020
I just read that Covid-19 can cause erectile dysfunction.
"Mask It or Push Rope" isn't as catchy as "Mask It or Casket", but I'll bet it'll convince a few folks. ?
— Barb Royal (@BarbRoyal) December 4, 2020
They have no fear of death, so we need to make sure every college student knows covid can leave people with long-term erectile dysfunction. https://t.co/GeBgO7Vqa9
— Madeline Marsanne (@MadelineOnMars) December 5, 2020
COVID can cause long-term complications—including erectile dysfunction. Think all those militia men will listen now? https://t.co/kxJAnIhfaX
— Robyn (@mama_hipster) December 4, 2020
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 4, 2020
Welp, did kind of warn about #COVID19 vascular effects and erectile dysfunction risks a while ago.
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) December 5, 2020
COVID MAY CAUSE ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION ??? Peace be with ya boyzzzz! ?
— Vicky Alfaro (@VickyLabiki) December 4, 2020
Do the anti-maskers know this information? Maybe mask wearing will become normal thing for everybody now.