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2020-06-30 11:52:47 AM  
Because it's a virus? And viruses wouldn't be around without being able to spread by any means.
 
2020-06-30 11:57:54 AM  
ACE2 receptors are common on epithelial cells from the nose through the lungs and small intestie, and particularly in the testes, which may explain why men are more vulnerable than women except in modern societies where women are more likely to work in service sector, front line, essential jobs while men work in the back office, professional and managerial jobs that can be taken home virtually and by telephone or fax or whatever.

There are ACE2 receptors in many organs, tissues and systems in the body from head to toe. They are scarcer in small children and become more prevalent with age.

Ties it all together into neat little packages, wrapped up in brown paper and string, eh?
 
2020-06-30 11:59:23 AM  
The coronaviruses found in bats, by the way, spread poorly using these same ACE2 receptors. At some point, there was a mutation in some reservoir of animals and later more mutations in humans to make the virus better able to use the ACE2 keys to break into cells and trash the place.
 
2020-06-30 12:00:55 PM  
Evolution never sleeps. It finds new things to tinker with all the time. If you aren't be killed by good old fashioned war, violence, suicides and so forth, evolution is perfectly happy working with obesity, disease of old age, and the reproductive ability of gays and lesbians or of middle-aged Late Breeders.
 
2020-06-30 12:03:51 PM  
Don't kink shame.
 
2020-06-30 12:06:08 PM  
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2020-06-30 12:07:54 PM  
Subby's dad needed a fix.
 
2020-06-30 12:08:06 PM  
Because someone doesn't know how viruses work?
 
2020-06-30 12:17:00 PM  
I think it was the port call in Da Nang, wasn't it?
 
2020-06-30 12:18:58 PM  
Contaminated sample probably.
 
2020-06-30 12:19:22 PM  
I mean... Was it ever tested for the flu?
 
2020-06-30 12:20:17 PM  

hobnail: I think it was the port call in Da Nang, wasn't it?


Is that on the way to Poon Tang?
 
2020-06-30 12:20:33 PM  
See that farkettes??!?!?

If you swallow the semen will absorb the virus and sacrifice itself for your health!

Be safe out there!
 
2020-06-30 12:20:55 PM  
They don't call it a blow job for nuthin'.
 
2020-06-30 12:21:00 PM  
Same way Ebola does?  Its a farking virus, in your bloodstream, contaminating your entire system.
 
2020-06-30 12:24:09 PM  
No mom jokes?

Well, then it was your sister, subby.
 
2020-06-30 12:24:30 PM  
Because SARS-CoV-2 is not a respiratory virus. The respiratory tract is merely one of its main pathways into the body.

The more that comes out about the virus, the more it seems to be a virus that creates havok by attacking blood vessels and causing inflammation. That tidily pulls together all of the symptoms that, on the surface, don't seem to go together.
 
2020-06-30 12:24:43 PM  
I guess you can catch COVID coming or going.
 
2020-06-30 12:26:19 PM  
 
2020-06-30 12:26:21 PM  

bughunter: They don't call it a blow job for nuthin'.


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2020-06-30 12:26:27 PM  
It's not strictly a respiratory virus.
If it enters your system, it can reach your everything from brain to gut to reproductive cells.
 
2020-06-30 12:29:44 PM  

dionysusaur: It's not strictly a respiratory virus.
If it enters your system, it can reach your everything from brain to gut to reproductive cells.


So there are people running around with brain damage from the virus? That explains a lot.
 
2020-06-30 12:30:09 PM  

brantgoose: Evolution never sleeps. It finds new things to tinker with all the time. If you aren't be killed by good old fashioned war, violence, suicides and so forth, evolution is perfectly happy working with obesity, disease of old age, and the reproductive ability of gays and lesbians or of middle-aged Late Breeders.


Yup. Communicable diseases that spread rapidly through dense populations result in higher fatality rates when you over populate. A natural failsafe when ecological resources start failing stress tests, and you need to correct the population externally when it won't do it itself via war & violence.

Nature gives us unbiased chaos which we can't blame on our political systems.

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2020-06-30 12:30:37 PM  
Great. Now the slobs in No Lives Matter are going to think mandates to wear pants somehow infringe upon their freedoms
 
2020-06-30 12:30:50 PM  
What a stupid question.
 
2020-06-30 12:31:08 PM  
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2020-06-30 12:33:49 PM  
I hope they dont test for this the same way they do when they shove a giant q tip up peoples noses
 
2020-06-30 12:35:29 PM  
Coronavirus didn't get into semen, semen got into coronavirus. People got so horny during lockdown, they finally gave in and got down with the sickness.
 
2020-06-30 12:35:37 PM  
I thought the evidence was mounting that while it is primarily a respiratory illness, once it is in your body it attacks just about everything.
 
2020-06-30 12:37:16 PM  
Could people STOP calling COVID-19 a "respiratory virus"?!??!?

It's a virus that, among its more common effects, causes SARS.

SARS is not a virus, it's a syndrome caused by various diseases (viral and bacterial).

It is, however, firmly conflated with SARS-CoV, the variant of Coronavirus that appeared in 2003.
 
2020-06-30 12:39:44 PM  

mikaloyd: I hope they dont test for this the same way they do when they shove a giant q tip up peoples noses


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2020-06-30 12:40:38 PM  

LesserEvil: Could people STOP calling COVID-19 a "respiratory virus"?!??!?

It's a virus that, among its more common effects, causes SARS.

SARS is not a virus, it's a syndrome caused by various diseases (viral and bacterial).

It is, however, firmly conflated with SARS-CoV, the variant of Coronavirus that appeared in 2003.


Could all of the doctors stop calling it that when they make public appearances? Maybe you should start with the actual responsible parties?
 
2020-06-30 12:42:59 PM  

Mikey1969: LesserEvil: Could people STOP calling COVID-19 a "respiratory virus"?!??!?

It's a virus that, among its more common effects, causes SARS.

SARS is not a virus, it's a syndrome caused by various diseases (viral and bacterial).

It is, however, firmly conflated with SARS-CoV, the variant of Coronavirus that appeared in 2003.

Could all of the doctors stop calling it that when they make public appearances? Maybe you should start with the actual responsible parties?


I don't care what they call it as long as they get hold of it and beat it.

I have a similar policy for second dates.
 
2020-06-30 12:44:48 PM  

Mikey1969: LesserEvil: Could people STOP calling COVID-19 a "respiratory virus"?!??!?

It's a virus that, among its more common effects, causes SARS.

SARS is not a virus, it's a syndrome caused by various diseases (viral and bacterial).

It is, however, firmly conflated with SARS-CoV, the variant of Coronavirus that appeared in 2003.

Could all of the doctors stop calling it that when they make public appearances? Maybe you should start with the actual responsible parties?


You'd think the medical community would be particularly scrupulous when it comes to language. AIDS is not a virus, HIV is a virus that causes AIDS. They seem to be forever linked together, but without looking it up, I assume there are other viruses that could cause the syndrome. It helps to understand the context if we stop conflating the condition for the cause.
 
2020-06-30 12:49:21 PM  
Because it's not just a respiratory virus?
 
2020-06-30 12:49:32 PM  
I think it might be my fault. Sorry.
 
2020-06-30 12:49:51 PM  
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2020-06-30 12:52:14 PM  
"systemic local inflammation"
 
2020-06-30 12:58:11 PM  
i am trying to get the virus out with the vacuum cleaner now.

/that is what i told the wife when she caught me...
 
2020-06-30 12:58:20 PM  

middlewaytao: "systemic local inflammation"


I think I saw them play at the Cabooze.
 
2020-06-30 1:02:14 PM  
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2020-06-30 1:08:44 PM  

mikaloyd: I hope they dont test for this the same way they do when they shove a giant q tip up peoples noses


Sounding painful.
 
2020-06-30 1:10:48 PM  
MY GIRLFRIEND SUCKED COVID 19 DICKS!
 
2020-06-30 1:11:53 PM  
Well... that's it for the porn industry until we can Vax this bastard into submission.

/You were all thinking it.
 
2020-06-30 1:12:00 PM  

EdgeRunner: Mikey1969: LesserEvil: Could people STOP calling COVID-19 a "respiratory virus"?!??!?

It's a virus that, among its more common effects, causes SARS.

SARS is not a virus, it's a syndrome caused by various diseases (viral and bacterial).

It is, however, firmly conflated with SARS-CoV, the variant of Coronavirus that appeared in 2003.

Could all of the doctors stop calling it that when they make public appearances? Maybe you should start with the actual responsible parties?

I don't care what they call it as long as they get hold of it and beat it.

I have a similar policy for second dates.


I call it 'Hector'. The wife seems OK with that.
 
2020-06-30 1:15:18 PM  

sleep lack: MY GIRLFRIEND SUCKED COVID 19 DICKS!


In a row?
 
2020-06-30 1:18:41 PM  
Because it's not just a respiratory virus.

It's a virus that breaks into epithelial cells. Those cells make up the moist lining of your nose, mouth, throat, and lungs, yes, but also your entire digestive tract. They line the insides of your entire body and the insides of every vein and capillary.

It is not confined to the lungs, like most respiratory viruses are usually.

Which is also why you get "COVID toe" and other weird things you don't get with a normal cold or "typical" flu like viruses.
 
2020-06-30 1:33:17 PM  

Mikey1969: EdgeRunner: Mikey1969: LesserEvil: Could people STOP calling COVID-19 a "respiratory virus"?!??!?

It's a virus that, among its more common effects, causes SARS.

SARS is not a virus, it's a syndrome caused by various diseases (viral and bacterial).

It is, however, firmly conflated with SARS-CoV, the variant of Coronavirus that appeared in 2003.

Could all of the doctors stop calling it that when they make public appearances? Maybe you should start with the actual responsible parties?

I don't care what they call it as long as they get hold of it and beat it.

I have a similar policy for second dates.

I call it 'Hector'. The wife seems OK with that.


I think there's a Trojan joke in here somewhere.
 
2020-06-30 1:44:40 PM  
Corona Virus are my balls
 
2020-06-30 1:45:02 PM  

Conservative Evangelical Millennial Cyclist: Corona Virus are my balls


Sigh... ate* my balls
 
2020-06-30 1:49:04 PM  
When a man and a bat love each other very much ...
 
2020-06-30 1:50:31 PM  
I'm no scientician, BUT I do quite a bit of readin'

A little while back I read a story (I believe on bbc news) that stated that there are some studies that point to COVID-19 being a vascular disease and not a respiratory one.

Which explains why it gets EVERYfarkING WHERE.  Lungs, pancreas, brain... and now the balls too.

Makes sense to me.
 
2020-06-30 1:51:05 PM  

mikaloyd: I hope they dont test for this the same way they do when they shove a giant q tip up peoples noses


And watching those tested via the throat swab have gag reflexes. Couldn't it just be a cheek swab? (Ok farkers I set you up :-).
 
2020-06-30 1:54:55 PM  
I find it odd that the Chinese didn't lock down hard until they found out it effects their most manly parts and then went into full panic mode.

This is going to be very bad for some endangered animals.
 
2020-06-30 2:01:33 PM  

hobnail: Mikey1969: EdgeRunner: Mikey1969: LesserEvil: Could people STOP calling COVID-19 a "respiratory virus"?!??!?

It's a virus that, among its more common effects, causes SARS.

SARS is not a virus, it's a syndrome caused by various diseases (viral and bacterial).

It is, however, firmly conflated with SARS-CoV, the variant of Coronavirus that appeared in 2003.

Could all of the doctors stop calling it that when they make public appearances? Maybe you should start with the actual responsible parties?

I don't care what they call it as long as they get hold of it and beat it.

I have a similar policy for second dates.

I call it 'Hector'. The wife seems OK with that.

I think there's a Trojan joke in here somewhere.


If I ever start a band, it'll be called Trojan.

A -rubber- band.
 
2020-06-30 2:18:03 PM  

hobnail: Mikey1969: EdgeRunner: Mikey1969: LesserEvil: Could people STOP calling COVID-19 a "respiratory virus"?!??!?

It's a virus that, among its more common effects, causes SARS.

SARS is not a virus, it's a syndrome caused by various diseases (viral and bacterial).

It is, however, firmly conflated with SARS-CoV, the variant of Coronavirus that appeared in 2003.

Could all of the doctors stop calling it that when they make public appearances? Maybe you should start with the actual responsible parties?

I don't care what they call it as long as they get hold of it and beat it.

I have a similar policy for second dates.

I call it 'Hector'. The wife seems OK with that.

I think there's a Trojan joke in here somewhere.


Have you looked for it in horse?
 
2020-06-30 2:18:42 PM  

Bartleby the Scrivener: sleep lack: MY GIRLFRIEND SUCKED COVID 19 DICKS!

In a row?


Tell her to try not to suck any dick on her way to the Trump rally.
 
2020-06-30 2:38:44 PM  
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2020-06-30 3:28:01 PM  
I'm going to go with the circulatory system.  That blood just gets everywhere.
 
2020-06-30 4:31:46 PM  
I know it rubs against the grain of popular opinion, but this is making me even more convinced that this virus was an escaped bio-weapon. It seems to have more ways of breaking into a person's immune system than a  safecracker and it's a Swiss Army Knife of symptoms & long-lasting damage. If I were to create a "Doomsday Weapon" virus, Covid-19 would be it.
 
2020-06-30 4:38:06 PM  
Nose job?
 
2020-06-30 4:50:47 PM  

AAAAGGGGHHHH: I know it rubs against the grain of popular opinion, but this is making me even more convinced that this virus was an escaped bio-weapon. It seems to have more ways of breaking into a person's immune system than a  safecracker and it's a Swiss Army Knife of symptoms & long-lasting damage. If I were to create a "Doomsday Weapon" virus, Covid-19 would be it.


Never ascribe to human cruelty that which can be ascribed to ignorance.  Cruelty does lots of damage but our ignorance does far more.
 
2020-06-30 4:54:45 PM  

doomjesse: AAAAGGGGHHHH: I know it rubs against the grain of popular opinion, but this is making me even more convinced that this virus was an escaped bio-weapon. It seems to have more ways of breaking into a person's immune system than a  safecracker and it's a Swiss Army Knife of symptoms & long-lasting damage. If I were to create a "Doomsday Weapon" virus, Covid-19 would be it.

Never ascribe to human cruelty that which can be ascribed to ignorance.  Cruelty does lots of damage but our ignorance does far more.


Okay. Please explain to me how this thing could suddenly come out of nowhere, with no prior incarnations. What prior strain did COVID-19 naturally mutate from?
 
2020-06-30 5:04:16 PM  
We don't know what incarnations it may have had, because they die out.  Natural Selection.  It is from a family of viruses that are known to jump to humans.  Is it so hard to believe that other strains were defeated by the bodies of those they infected and this one happened to be the Michael Jordan of viruses?
 
2020-06-30 5:32:52 PM  

amindtat: Because COVID-19 is a vascular disease?


I think that article got pretty much everything right all the way back in May.  It makes it very clear that nobody should risk getting C19.  There is no upside, considering that immunity seems to be limited, and so many potentially serious downsides.
 
2020-06-30 5:54:49 PM  

AAAAGGGGHHHH: doomjesse: AAAAGGGGHHHH: I know it rubs against the grain of popular opinion, but this is making me even more convinced that this virus was an escaped bio-weapon. It seems to have more ways of breaking into a person's immune system than a  safecracker and it's a Swiss Army Knife of symptoms & long-lasting damage. If I were to create a "Doomsday Weapon" virus, Covid-19 would be it.

Never ascribe to human cruelty that which can be ascribed to ignorance.  Cruelty does lots of damage but our ignorance does far more.

Okay. Please explain to me how this thing could suddenly come out of nowhere, with no prior incarnations. What prior strain did COVID-19 naturally mutate from?


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2020-06-30 6:20:38 PM  

Ambitwistor: AAAAGGGGHHHH: doomjesse: AAAAGGGGHHHH: I know it rubs against the grain of popular opinion, but this is making me even more convinced that this virus was an escaped bio-weapon. It seems to have more ways of breaking into a person's immune system than a  safecracker and it's a Swiss Army Knife of symptoms & long-lasting damage. If I were to create a "Doomsday Weapon" virus, Covid-19 would be it.

Never ascribe to human cruelty that which can be ascribed to ignorance.  Cruelty does lots of damage but our ignorance does far more.

Okay. Please explain to me how this thing could suddenly come out of nowhere, with no prior incarnations. What prior strain did COVID-19 naturally mutate from?

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That's not an explanation. I just want to see what you have that backs up your theory.
 
2020-06-30 6:44:32 PM  

AAAAGGGGHHHH: Ambitwistor: AAAAGGGGHHHH: doomjesse: AAAAGGGGHHHH: I know it rubs against the grain of popular opinion, but this is making me even more convinced that this virus was an escaped bio-weapon. It seems to have more ways of breaking into a person's immune system than a  safecracker and it's a Swiss Army Knife of symptoms & long-lasting damage. If I were to create a "Doomsday Weapon" virus, Covid-19 would be it.

Never ascribe to human cruelty that which can be ascribed to ignorance.  Cruelty does lots of damage but our ignorance does far more.

Okay. Please explain to me how this thing could suddenly come out of nowhere, with no prior incarnations. What prior strain did COVID-19 naturally mutate from?

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That's not an explanation. I just want to see what you have that backs up your theory.


I don't have "a theory" and it's on you to support your conspiracy theory,  it me. There are a zillion natural coronavirus strains. We will never be able to trace it back to any particular lineage because they're not cataloged, but genetically it doesn't show any indicators of artificial manipulation, or any unusual amount of variation whatsoever from the natural genetic diversity found in wild coronaviruses.
 
2020-06-30 7:49:44 PM  

Ambitwistor: AAAAGGGGHHHH: Ambitwistor: AAAAGGGGHHHH: doomjesse: AAAAGGGGHHHH: I know it rubs against the grain of popular opinion, but this is making me even more convinced that this virus was an escaped bio-weapon. It seems to have more ways of breaking into a person's immune system than a  safecracker and it's a Swiss Army Knife of symptoms & long-lasting damage. If I were to create a "Doomsday Weapon" virus, Covid-19 would be it.

Never ascribe to human cruelty that which can be ascribed to ignorance.  Cruelty does lots of damage but our ignorance does far more.

Okay. Please explain to me how this thing could suddenly come out of nowhere, with no prior incarnations. What prior strain did COVID-19 naturally mutate from?

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That's not an explanation. I just want to see what you have that backs up your theory.

I don't have "a theory" and it's on you to support your conspiracy theory,  it me. There are a zillion natural coronavirus strains. We will never be able to trace it back to any particular lineage because they're not cataloged, but genetically it doesn't show any indicators of artificial manipulation, or any unusual amount of variation whatsoever from the natural genetic diversity found in wild coronaviruses.


Tell me how a virus like this, with no prior strain to track any prediction, can suddenly pop up and fark up the human body in so many ways the ways it does, and be SUPER spreading? This is no flu.

Dunno about you Mister Ham, but I believe in evolution, and viruses just don't evolve that fast & radically.
 
2020-06-30 8:47:58 PM  

AAAAGGGGHHHH: Ambitwistor: AAAAGGGGHHHH: Ambitwistor: AAAAGGGGHHHH: doomjesse: AAAAGGGGHHHH: I know it rubs against the grain of popular opinion, but this is making me even more convinced that this virus was an escaped bio-weapon. It seems to have more ways of breaking into a person's immune system than a  safecracker and it's a Swiss Army Knife of symptoms & long-lasting damage. If I were to create a "Doomsday Weapon" virus, Covid-19 would be it.

Never ascribe to human cruelty that which can be ascribed to ignorance.  Cruelty does lots of damage but our ignorance does far more.

Okay. Please explain to me how this thing could suddenly come out of nowhere, with no prior incarnations. What prior strain did COVID-19 naturally mutate from?

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That's not an explanation. I just want to see what you have that backs up your theory.

I don't have "a theory" and it's on you to support your conspiracy theory,  it me. There are a zillion natural coronavirus strains. We will never be able to trace it back to any particular lineage because they're not cataloged, but genetically it doesn't show any indicators of artificial manipulation, or any unusual amount of variation whatsoever from the natural genetic diversity found in wild coronaviruses.

Tell me how a virus like this, with no prior strain to track any prediction, can suddenly pop up and fark up the human body in so many ways the ways it does, and be SUPER spreading? This is no flu.

Dunno about you Mister Ham, but I believe in evolution, and viruses just don't evolve that fast & radically.


Dude, it's COVID-19. Obviously it's the sequel to COVID-18.
 
2020-07-01 7:06:28 AM  

AAAAGGGGHHHH: Ambitwistor: AAAAGGGGHHHH: Ambitwistor: AAAAGGGGHHHH: doomjesse: AAAAGGGGHHHH: I know it rubs against the grain of popular opinion, but this is making me even more convinced that this virus was an escaped bio-weapon. It seems to have more ways of breaking into a person's immune system than a  safecracker and it's a Swiss Army Knife of symptoms & long-lasting damage. If I were to create a "Doomsday Weapon" virus, Covid-19 would be it.

Never ascribe to human cruelty that which can be ascribed to ignorance.  Cruelty does lots of damage but our ignorance does far more.

Okay. Please explain to me how this thing could suddenly come out of nowhere, with no prior incarnations. What prior strain did COVID-19 naturally mutate from?

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That's not an explanation. I just want to see what you have that backs up your theory.

I don't have "a theory" and it's on you to support your conspiracy theory,  it me. There are a zillion natural coronavirus strains. We will never be able to trace it back to any particular lineage because they're not cataloged, but genetically it doesn't show any indicators of artificial manipulation, or any unusual amount of variation whatsoever from the natural genetic diversity found in wild coronaviruses.

Tell me how a virus like this, with no prior strain to track any prediction, can suddenly pop up and fark up the human body in so many ways the ways it does, and be SUPER spreading? This is no flu.

Dunno about you Mister Ham, but I believe in evolution, and viruses just don't evolve that fast & radically.


Here's your reading homework. I suggest listening to an actual virologist, rather that spouting this conspiracy bullshiat of yours.

https://www.reddit.com/r/science/comm​e​nts/gk6y95/covid19_did_not_come_from_t​he_wuhan_institute_of/
 
2020-07-01 1:53:33 PM  

AAAAGGGGHHHH: Tell me how a virus like this, with no prior strain to track any prediction, can suddenly pop up and fark up the human body in so many ways the ways it does, and be SUPER spreading? This is no flu.


Uh, easily?  It's not a huge departure from any other wild-strain coronavirus genome.

Your whole conspiracy theory just boils down to an argument from incredulity, based on your own misunderstanding of viral evolution.

Dunno about you Mister Ham, but I believe in evolution, and viruses just don't evolve that fast & radically.

There's no genetic evidence it evolved either fast or radically.  (And how do you know how "fast" it evolved, anyway?)  You're starting from a false premise.  Minor mutations can and do have major effects on transmissibility and pathology.  Most of the time they don't, of course, which is why we haven't had a big pandemic in ~100 years, but sometimes they do.
 
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