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Andrologia ; 52(9): e13791, 2020 Oct.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-712969


Male infertility is linked to some viral infections including human papillomavirus (HPV), herpes simplex viruses (HSV) and human immunodeficiency viruses (HIVs). Almost nothing is known about severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) effect on fertility. The possible risk factors of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection on fertility comes from the abundance of angiotensin-Converting Enzyme-2 (ACE2), receptor entry of the virus, on testes, a reduction in important sex hormone ratios and COVID-19-associated fever. Recent studies have shown a gender difference for COVID-19 rates and comorbidity. In this review, we will discuss the potential effect of COVID-19 on male fertility and talk about what needs to be done by the scientific community to tackle our limited understanding of the disease. On the other side, we will focus on what is known so far about the risk of COVID-19 on pregnancy, neonatal health and the vertical transfer of the virus between mothers and their neonates. Finally, because reproduction is a human right and infertility is considered a health disease, we will discuss how assisted reproductive clinics can cope with the pandemic and what guidelines they should follow to minimise the risk of viral transmission.

Coronavirus Infections/complications , Infectious Disease Transmission, Vertical , Infertility, Male/virology , Pneumonia, Viral/complications , Pregnancy Complications, Infectious/virology , Reproductive Health , Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2 , Betacoronavirus/isolation & purification , Betacoronavirus/metabolism , Betacoronavirus/pathogenicity , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Coronavirus Infections/transmission , Coronavirus Infections/virology , Female , HIV Infections/complications , HIV Infections/transmission , HIV Infections/virology , Herpes Simplex/complications , Herpes Simplex/transmission , Herpes Simplex/virology , Humans , Infertility, Male/pathology , Male , Pandemics , Papillomavirus Infections/complications , Papillomavirus Infections/transmission , Papillomavirus Infections/virology , Peptidyl-Dipeptidase A/metabolism , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Pneumonia, Viral/transmission , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , Pregnancy , Risk Factors , SARS-CoV-2 , Spike Glycoprotein, Coronavirus/metabolism , Testis/metabolism , Testis/pathology