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Semen Quality as a Potential Susceptibility Indicator to SARS-CoV-2 Insults in Polluted Areas

Version 1 : Received: 24 June 2020 / Approved: 26 June 2020 / Online: 26 June 2020 (12:37:35 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 6 July 2020 / Approved: 6 July 2020 / Online: 6 July 2020 (09:48:39 CEST)

How to cite: Montano, L.; Bonapace, I.M.; Donato, F.; Bianco, P.M.; Guglielmino, A.; Piscopo, M. Semen Quality as a Potential Susceptibility Indicator to SARS-CoV-2 Insults in Polluted Areas . Preprints 2020, 2020060314 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202006.0314.v2). Montano, L.; Bonapace, I.M.; Donato, F.; Bianco, P.M.; Guglielmino, A.; Piscopo, M. Semen Quality as a Potential Susceptibility Indicator to SARS-CoV-2 Insults in Polluted Areas . Preprints 2020, 2020060314 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202006.0314.v2).

Abstract

High levels of air pollution can contribute to high rate of the COVID-19 outbreaks. Air pollutants induce oxidative stress, inflammatory process, immune imbalance and coagulation at systemic level, making the organism susceptible to complications caused by various pathogens, including viruses, resulting in a possible important damage co-factor. Sperm cells are highly sensitive to the pro-oxidant effects of environmental pollutants, and may represent an important alarm bell indicating that the burden of environmental pressure in a certain area is causing damage to humans. A comparison of the maps of COVID-19 case fatality rates, male infertility rates and air pollution may suggest a way to understand the dynamics of the virus impact. Semen quality may be considered as an early and sensitive environmental marker, and also a potential susceptibility indicator to viral insults (including SARS-CoV-2 ) in heavily polluted areas. Therefore, assessing the burden of environmental exposure of a given population and its potential susceptibility to insults through early biological stress indicators may be helpful for predicting the risk of the adverse effects by the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic .

Subject Areas

air pollution; COVID-19; semen quality; environmental marker; health marker; oxidative stress

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Comment 1
Received: 6 July 2020
Commenter: Luigi Montano
Commenter's Conflict of Interests: Author
Comment: Dear Editor,we made some very slight changes to the abstract and to the text with the addition of some references and No2 values ​​to the main figure.
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