High anal swab viral load predisposes adverse clinical outcomes in severe COVID-19 patients

Haibo Li, Lili Ren, Lulu Zhang, Yeming Wang, Li Guo, Conghui Wang, Yan Xiao, Ying Wang, Jian Rao, Xinming Wang, Ying Liu, Chaolin Huang, Xiaoying Gu, Guohui Fan, Hui Li, Binghuai Lu, Bin Cao & Jianwei Wang
To identify the association between the kinetics of viral load and clinical outcome in severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, a retrospective study was performed by involved 188 hospitalized severe COVID-19 patients in the LOTUS China trial. Among the collected 578 paired throat swab (TS) and anal swab (AS) samples, viral RNA was detected in 193 (33.4%) TS and 121 (20.9%) AS. A higher viral RNA load was found in TS than that of AS,...
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