Research finds coronavirus in stool samples 22 days after onset of symptoms, but experts say risk of faecal transmission is low


A new study by Chinese scientists found that the coronavirus was detectable in stool samples taken from people suffering with Covid-19 almost a week after it was no longer present in their blood.

The 30-strong team, mostly from Zhejiang University, based their research on the viral loads found in respiratory, stool and serum samples taken on a regular basis over a period of four weeks from patients at different stages in the progression of the disease.

On average, the virus was detectable in stool samples taken 22 days after the onset of symptoms. That compared to a mean of 18 days for respiratory samples and 16 days for samples of serum – the fluid component of blood.

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Source: South China Morning Post

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