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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

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1443 (Published 21 April 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m1443

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

Dear Editor

The ways of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from asymptomatic individuals remain unknown.

I think we should not exclude the fecal route, meaning poorly washed hands after defecation by asymtomatic (pre-symptomatic) subjects, as well as from children. Especially we should pay attention to babies and to children who wash hands by themselves. Parents must control hand washing.

Competing interests: No competing interests

26 April 2020
Zaur Gasimov
cardiologist
Research Institute of Cardiology
Baku, Azerbaijan