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Ask Dr. K: Covid Does WHAT? What the experts are saying about an ED-Coronavirus connection.

Updated: Mar 17


COVID Does WHAT?

Covid-19 and Erectile Dysfunction
Photo credit: Huffington Post

We are pretty familiar with the symptoms of COVID-19 infections-fever, cough, loss of taste and smell, breathing problems. With the increasing number of cases and high survival rates, we are now becoming aware of some of the short-term and long-term effects of the virus. One of these effects appears to be erectile dysfunction (ED).


How can the COVID-19 virus lead to ED? Research on the virus has shown that it can attack the lining of the walls of blood vessels. This can lead to inflammation in the blood vessels causing problems with blood flow and clotting. Since poor blood flow is the primary issue in ED, it seems likely that ED would be an effect of the virus. In a recent article by Lindsay Holmes, on Huffington Post