Hellerup, Denmark: UNION therapeutics A/S today announced the publication of a systematic review and meta-analysis of COVID-19 patient’s presence and duration of SARS-CoV-2 virus published in EBioMedicine under The Lancet.

The main findings showed consistent viral detection in the upper respiratory tract (URT), the lower respiratory tract (LRT), and faeces, irrespective of the clinical severity of COVID-19 and found that SARS-CoV-2 persists for a longer duration in the LRT compared to the URT in moderate-severe and mild adult patients (p < 0.05). No difference between viral duration between mild and moderate-severe patients LRT. 

These findings may contribute to a better understanding of the pathology of COVID-19 and shed new light on further research and incentives against the pandemic. 

This study was supported by the Innovation Fund Denmark (No 0208-0081)

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