Taking a stool sample will make it easier to test Covid-19 in children and the elderly.
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA – The new type of corona virus, SARS-CoV-2, can survive in the human intestine. Causative virus Covid-19 it is still able to live in the intestine even when the most commonly attacked respiratory tract is clear.
That is the reason why the fecal test for Covid-19 is considered a better way to detect the new type of corona virus. In fact, a study revealed that this method may be more effective than the test swab (wipe) nose.
Research published in medical journals GUT said, SARS-CoV can infect the gastrointestinal tract even though the patient is not suffering from gastrointestinal symptoms. Researchers at Chinese University in Hong Kong said stool samples could be used to detect the virus.
Researchers looked at stool samples from 15 Covid-19 patients and found active intestinal viral infection in seven patients, even in the absence of gastrointestinal symptoms. Three of them continued to have active intestinal viral infections for six days after their respiratory tract samples tested negative for the virus.
Reported Fox NewsThe researchers said the findings suggest stool sample testing to be a better way to detect the new coronavirus. The head of the Department of Microbiology at the Chinese University in Hong Kong noted that this sampling was suitable for children because viral load (virus load) is much higher than that of adults.
“Stool specimens are more comfortable, safe and non-invasive to collect in the pediatric population and can provide accurate results,” Chan said in a statement.
Hong Kong has plans to expand stool testing of COvid-19 for people of the elderly and infants. The move comes after a study from a local university found the virus in samples taken from patients without respiratory symptoms.
The virus was also found in samples from a number of people who had tested negative for Covid-19 a few days earlier and tested negative. This two-part study by Chinese University shows that collecting stool samples is a better option for infants and the elderly, who may have difficulty getting tested. swab.