COVID-19: Gastrointestinal Symptoms and Potential Sources of 2019-nCoV Transmission

Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther. 2020 Mar 23;40157. doi: 10.5114/ait.2020.93867. Online ahead of print.


A new type of coronavirus, i.e. se-vere acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2; formerly known as 2019-nCoV) appeared in December 2019 in the province of Hubei, China, and over the past four months the number of cases of infection has exceeded 240,000 worldwide, leading to a pandemia [1]. At the genetic level, 2019-nCoV is closely related to the SARS-CoV and, to a lesser extent, to MERS-CoV, which appeared as epidemiological threats in recent years in China and the Middle East, respectively. Infections with the Coronaviridae virus family in a small percentage of patients, especially in those over 60 years of age with a positive clinical history, lead to severe acute respiratory syndrome [2].

Keywords: 2019-nCoV transmission; gastrointestinal symptoms; COVID-19.