Two Ibadan-based medical scientists say there isn’t any enough proof to conclusively say that the COVID-19 will be sexually transmitted.
The virologists spoke on Monday in opposition to the backdrop of current studies in some worldwide information media that individuals who just lately recovered from COVID-19 ought to keep away from sexual activity and kissing for at the least 30 days.
The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) studies that the studies cited a Chinese language preliminary examine which was carried out on a small variety of recovering COVID-19 sufferers.
The Chinese language researchers, who carried out the examine on the contaminated males, had discovered that COVID-19 was current of their semen.
A Advisor Virologist, Dr Adeola Fowotade, nevertheless, mentioned that COVID-19 virus couldn’t be handed on by vaginal or anal intercourse based mostly on obtainable proof.
The virologist mentioned that what was discovered within the semen samples have been primarily viral parts and have been unlikely to trigger an infection sexually.
“Whereas COVID-19 virus could also be current within the semen of sufferers, each in acute illness in addition to in convalescent sufferers, in line with these printed studies, nevertheless, what was discovered was primarily viral parts.
“Therefore, there isn’t any justifiable proof but for transmitting the brand new coronavirus an infection sexually, so the danger right here, even when the examine is verified at a bigger scale, could be very restricted at the least for now,” she mentioned.
Fowotade, nevertheless, cautioned recovering COVID-19 sufferers in opposition to oral intercourse and kissing.
In line with the virologist, who works on the College School Hospital, Ibadan, there’s important threat of transmitting the virus by kissing and oral intercourse.
“COVID-19 virus is handed on by contact with droplets from the nostril and mouth, together with the saliva of an contaminated particular person, which might occur by shut contact with others.
“This implies there’s a important threat of passing on COVID-19 by kissing and bodily touching if one particular person has the virus.
“There may be additionally proof that the virus is shed in stool or faeces, so oral intercourse with licking across the anal areas can also be a approach the virus is handed on,” she mentioned.
Dr Olubusuyi Adewumi, one other virologist and Senior Lecturer on the School of Drugs, College of Ibadan, mentioned that the findings of the Chinese language examine ought to be considered with warning till bigger research have been carried out.
In line with Adewumi, greater research are wanted on the always mutating virus that causes COVID-19 with the intention to decide whether or not the virus detects if semen is able to inflicting an infection.
“We’re coping with a novel and evolving virus. It was found few weeks in the past that recoverers shed the virus of their stools for as much as 5 weeks.
“Simply final week its detection in semen of recoverers was reported.
“Nevertheless, I’ll advise that we take the final discover with warning till it’s confirmed by extra works,” he added.