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Viral load dynamics and disease severity in patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 in Zhejiang province, China, January-March 2020: retrospective cohort study

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Persistence of viral RNA in stool samples from patients recovering from covid-19

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Re: The infectivity via gastrointestinal route

Dear Editor,

The viral shedding in the stool is not always equivalent to the infectivity. The virus will be inactivated during cooking (temperature >80 degrees C over 1-minute inactivates the virus), moreover gastric juice may inactivate the virus (however, we need more data to support this assumption). Thus said, hygiene and public education cannot be dispensed with.

Competing interests: No competing interests

24 April 2020
Rajeev Gupta
Consultant Cardiologist
Neelesh Gupta
Department of Cardiology, Mediclinic Al-Jowhara Hospital, Al Ain, UAE; Department of Internal Medicine, University of South Alabama Medical Center, Mobile, AL, USA.