SARs-CoV-2 was detected in the throat and rectum of a patient in Vietnam.

SARs-CoV-2 was detected in the throat and rectum of a patient in Vietnam. Heneghan C.

https://www.cebm.net/study/sars-cov-2-was-detected-in-the-throat-and-rectum-of-a-patient-in-vietnam/

Published on July 30, 2020

Reference Tan LV, Ngoc NM, That BTT et al Duration of viral detection in throat and rectum of a patient with COVID‐19. medRxiv 2020. 10.1101/2020.03.07.20032052
Study type
Country Vietnam
Setting Hospital
Funding Details Wellcome Trust of Great Britain (106680/B/14/Z and 204904/Z/16/Z).
Transmission mode Orofecal
Exposures

Bottom Line

In a single case report, SARs-CoV-2 was detected in the throat and rectum of the  patient with COVID‐19.

Evidence Summary

Follow-up throat swabs remained positive for SARS-CoV-2 by real-time RT-PCR until day 11 of hospitalization (i.e. day 16 of illness)

Rectal swabs were RT50 PCR positive until day 18 of hospitalization (day 23 of illness)

What did they do?

A report of the duration of viral detection in the throat and rectum of a COVID-19 patient treated at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. a throat swab collected on admission from the patient was positive for 44 SARS-CoV-2 by reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).

Study reliability

Clearly defined setting Demographic characteristics described Follow-up length was sufficient Transmission outcomes assessed Main biases are taken into consideration
Partly 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