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Men dread catching Covid-19 not necessarily because it may kill them. They fear the disease for its reported effect on their masculinity.

Such paranaoia is probably based on an earlier study that found Covid-19’s impact on the virility of Italian male patients. According to the study published in the science journal Andrology in March, erectile dysfunction (ED) was prevalent in patients who tested positive for the disease.

A study by Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy, director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida, USA, linked the coronavirus to ED as he found it to be present in the penis of infected patients after their recovery.

Another study on the disease’s link to infertility in men published in the journal Reproduction says Covid-19 may negatively affect sperm quality and reduce fertility in men.

More rattling than the mentioned studies was the recent pronouncement of rap singer Nicki Minaj that the Covid-19 vaccine recently caused her cousin’s testicle to swell. That may leave vulnerable men without any protection from the virus.

The Grammy-nominated Minaj said her cousin’s experience made her hesitate to attend the star-studded Met Gala in New York last week. The event’s organizers required attendees to be vaccinated, but Minaj said she needs to research on the vaccine’s side effects first.

Health authorities in Trinidad and Tobago, where the rapper’s cousin lives, were prompted to investigate the claim that turned out to be a waste of time. The White House also reached out to the singer by having a doctor call to enlighten her that Covid-19 vaccines are safe.

Factcheck.org has released a repudiation of Minaj’s claims saying there is no evidence that ED is a side effect of Covid-19 vaccines. Nevertheless, men should still protect their manhood from physical harm to avoid psychological trauma, like what happened to a Briton who was attacked by a drunken guy at a pub in 2018.

The attacker, Richard Alan Weldon, 31, was sentenced to 22 months in jail in April for kicking hard the victim’s testicle, causing a tumor that had to be surgically removed and leaving the latter disfigured and traumatized.

Even boys should guard against such a nasty kick. A high school student was kicked in the testicle by a Kansas legislator last 28 April for allegedly disrupting an art class he was conducting as a substitute teacher. The 15-year-old victim got back at Republican Rep. Mark Samsel through a complaint that led to the latter pleading guilty to the charge of battery on 13 September and getting punished by a court with probation.

Samsel’s admission was inevitable based on his answer to a police officer who investigated the incident at Wellsville High School.

In his affidavit, the sheriff’s deputy said he asked the lawmaker why he manhandled the boy, and Samsel pointed to the ceiling. The deputy asked him if God told him to do so, and Samsel answered, “Twice,” according to ABC News.

Samsel told the deputy he didn’t want to kick the boy, but said it was God’s plan.

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