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COVID-19: Gastrointestinal manifestations and potential fecal-oral transmission

26 Mar, 2020
Current studies reveal that respiratory symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, dry cough, even dyspnea represent the most common manifestations at visit similar to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003 and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in 2012, which is firmly indicative of droplet transmission and contact transmission. However, the incidence of less common features like diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal discomfort varies significantly among different study populations, along with an early and mild onset frequently followed by typical respiratory symptoms. 
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