Chinese Study Finds Infectious Coronavirus in Feces of Two Severely Ill Patients

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According to a new study posted by the CDC…

Isolation of infectious SARS-CoV-2 in feces indicates the possibility of fecal–oral transmission or fecal–respiratory transmission through aerosolized feces. During the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome pandemic, 329 residents of a private housing estate in Hong Kong were infected; 42 died (10). Investigation of the building’s structure showed that faulty sewage pipelines led to aerosolization of contaminated feces, which was believed to be the source of infection.

Our findings indicate the need for appropriate precautions to avoid potential transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from feces. Discharge and hospital cleaning practices should consider this possibility for critically ill patients or those who died who had high viral loads and are more likely to shed infectious virus.

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According to the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the scientific community has not yet found evidence of viable COVID-19 virus in wastewater systems. While there is still a lot we don’t know, it appears contracting COVID-19 through exposure to wastewater is unlikely.