Study reveals a new method of transmission of emerging corona virus



Researchers confirmed that diarrhea may be a pathway for transmission of the emerging coronavirus, after the publication of a study indicating that people with the disease suffer from digestive disorders.The infection is transmitted mainly through the air through the spray of a cough of an infected person, but researchers said after studying the first cases, they initially focused on respiratory symptoms, and they may have neglected those associated with the digestive system.

According to an article by Chinese researchers published in the Journal of the American Medical Association "American Medical Association", 14 of the 138 patients, whose case was studied in Bohan Hospital, had diarrhea and nausea one or two days before the appearance of fever and respiratory disorders.The first American diagnosed with the disease also suffered from diarrhea for two days and later discovered the virus in his stool, according to "AFP".

The medical journal The Lancet has also documented similar cases in China, but it is not very common."It is important to note that it has been reported that the new Corona virus has been found in the stools of patients with unusual intestinal symptoms, similar to the SARS that was found in the urine," he said in a commentary to the magazine "Media Center" in Britain. That the virus can also be transmitted through feces. "

This possibility is not surprising to scientists because it belongs to the same family of the virus that causes SARS, which was transmitted by feces to hundreds of people in a housing complex in Hong Kong in 2003.

This discovery may pose a new challenge to fight the virus, but it may be an additional problem in hospitals that could turn into "epidemic amplification centers" for epidemics, according to David Wiseman, an epidemiologist at the University of Toronto.Benjamin Noman, a virology expert at Texas A&M University - Texarkana, in the United States, warned that "cough spray, touching contaminated surfaces and then rubbing eyes, nose or mouth" remain the main source of transmission, according to the data currently available.