December 21 2021 – 10:06
Omicron cases no less severe than Delta, Covid-19 lowers sperm count
Infections caused by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus do not appear to be less severe than infections from Delta, according to early data from the UK.
Researchers at Imperial College London compared 11,329 people with confirmed or likely Omicron infections with nearly 200,000 people infected with other variants.
Meanwhile, sperm quality is impaired for months for some people after recovery from Covid-19, researchers have found.
The semen itself was not infectious, the researchers found. But among 35 men who provided samples within a month after recovery from symptomatic infection, reductions in sperm motility were evident in 60% and sperm counts were reduced in 37%.