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SARS-CoV-2 May Persist in Digestive Tract Longer than Respiratory Tract

Version 1 : Received: 23 February 2020 / Approved: 24 February 2020 / Online: 24 February 2020 (14:03:12 CET)

How to cite: Hu, Y.; SHEN, L.; XU, Z.; Zhou, J.; Zhou, H. SARS-CoV-2 May Persist in Digestive Tract Longer than Respiratory Tract. Preprints 2020, 2020020354 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202002.0354.v1). Hu, Y.; SHEN, L.; XU, Z.; Zhou, J.; Zhou, H. SARS-CoV-2 May Persist in Digestive Tract Longer than Respiratory Tract. Preprints 2020, 2020020354 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202002.0354.v1).

Abstract

Covid-19 has now become a public health concern worldwide. The infection primarily involves the respiratory tract. Hitherto, some Covid-19 pneumonia patients carry the viral nucleic acids, and the active virus was detected in stool specimens. The virus discharged with feces is a potential contagious source. In the present study, three Covid-19 respiratory tract infection patients showed no gastrointestinal symptoms, and two were positive for viral nucleic acids in anal swab specimens remained positive 6 and at least 14 days after virus turned negative in the respiratory tract, respectively (details of the patients were listed in Fig 1). Thus, for Covid-19-infected patients with or without gastrointestinal symptoms, viral nucleic acids in stool specimens or anal swab specimens should be focused on for testing in order to decide the isolation duration of the patient.

Subject Areas

SARS-CoV-2; Covid-19; case

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