Collecting sperm from Covid-19 patients

How does Covid-19 affect sperm and thus the next generation´s immune system? Researchers from the University of Bergen are collecting sperm to find the answer.

Semen sample
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The project aims to see how the infection affects the development of the immune system and, follow-up studies will reveal how Covid-19 will affect the immune system of their future children. 
“The immune system is trained by infections of all kinds. We want to study how it is affected by Covid-19 and also if the infection has implication for future generation´s immune systems. That is why we decided to study sperm in addition to whole blood”, says Professor Cecilie Svanes, at Centre for International Health, University of Bergen.