SARS-CoV-2 RNA at different time points

SARS-CoV-2 RNA at different time points. Heneghan C.

Published on July 30, 2020

Reference Nicastri E, D'Abramo A, Faggioni G et al. Coronavirus disease (COVID‐19) in a paucisymptomatic patient: epidemiological and clinical challenge in settings with limited community transmission, Italy, February 2020. Euro Surveill 2020; 25: 2000230.
Study type
Country Italy
Setting Hospital
Funding Details Non Reported
Transmission mode Orofecal

Bottom Line

SARS-CoV-2 RNA was positive in stools, nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs at different time points.

Evidence Summary

SARS-CoV-2 RNA in stools, nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs resulted positive at different time points, whereas urine, spermatic fluid, saliva, blood and conjunctival swabs were persistently negative.

What did they do?

A Case report of an individual who tested positive was an Italian man in his late 20s, in a healthy condition who had visited  Wuhan, China.

Study reliability

This us a single case report that limits the conclusions

Clearly defined setting Demographic characteristics described Follow-up length was sufficient Transmission outcomes assessed Main biases are taken into consideration
Yes Yes Yes Yes No

What else should I consider?

About the authors

Carl Heneghan

Carl Heneghan

Carl is Professor of EBM & Director of CEBM at the University of Oxford. He is also a GP and tweets @carlheneghan. He has an active interest in discovering the truth behind health research findings