From Dr. Richard Hillman

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 7:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Dr Steve Goldstone has brought our attention to the recent publication, below. 

This paper confirms the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in stool specimens, including patients with "mild" (but nonetheless hospitalized) COVID-19 disease. Unfortunately polymerase chain reaction (PCR) cannot distinguish between viable and non-viable virus, so the implications in terms of HRA practice are not clear. 

The current guidance from IANS is to avoid HRA wherever possible & only perform the procedure once COVID-19 has been reasonably excluded. Viral RNA seems to be largely cleared a month after symptoms have resolved. However, we would still recommend full Infection Control measures at this stage, as determined by your local regulations.




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