A new erectile dysfunction study may cause young spring breakers who partied maskless in defiance of COVID-19 recommendations to sing a different tune this summer.

A study published in March 2021 in the journal Andrology indicates men who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection experienced a rate of risk for erectile dysfunction that is nearly six times higher than for men who successfully avoided the virus.

Age doesn't appear to be a factor, as even young men recovering from the virus were affected by ED at a similar rate to older men.

Researchers also noted a cyclical relationship could be present because men with ED were more susceptible to COVID-19 infection.

The study

The lead researcher was Emmanuele A. Jannini, M.D., a University of Rome professor of endocrinology and medical sexology. Jannini and his team acknowledged other comorbidities and risk factors for ED such as diabetes, obesity, smoking and age. But after taking these and