he coronavirus appears able to linger in COVID-19 patients’ stools longer than their respiratory system, according to a study. The research, published in the journal the BMJ, involved 96 COVID-19 patients being treated at a dedicated COVID-19 hospital in the eastern province of Zhejiang, China. Twenty-two of the participants had a mild form of the disease, defined as having no or mild pneumonia. The remaining 74 patients had severe COVID-19, with symptoms including breathing problems. Of those, 30 were treated in an intensive care unit. The data on the patients, aged 55 years old on average, was collected between January 19 and March 20. All patients tested negative of the coronavirus by March 20, and none died.