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Tips to Prevent Spreading of GI Viruses in the Age of COVID-19: Advice from Digestive Health Experts with the American College of Gastroenterology

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The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) wants to remind everyone that with increasing scientific data suggesting the presence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in stool (feces), it is more important than ever for people with diarrhea – especially if accompanied by fever – to be extremely careful. Digestive health experts from the ACG urge you to take common sense steps to prevent spreading viruses when using the bathroom. T

These important protections apply to any viruses with GI symptoms, whether COVID-19 infection is present or not.

While the data does not yet clearly confirm that COVID-19 can spread through stool, its presence in the stool should lead anyone with new symptoms of diarrhea and fever, particularly those with known or suspected contact with COVID-19, to take steps to isolate themselves and call their doctor or local health department.

Common Sense Steps to Prevent Spreading Any GI Virus

Patients with diarrhea symptoms and fever should take these safe, smart, everyday steps that anyone should take whenever they are suffering from any form of diarrhea that is caused by an underlying infection, COVID or otherwise:

  • Take special care to wipe down toilets after use
  • Use a different roll of toilet paper than those with whom you share a bathroom
  • Wipe the toilet handle and doorknobs.

Other Patient COVID-19 Resources from the ACG

How to Prevent Spreading of GI Viruses in the Age of COVID-19
Advice for the Public from Digestive Disease Experts from the American College of Gastroenterology
March 27, 2020

Inflammatory Bowel Disease and COVID-19 Patient Information
An ACG Patient Information Handout
March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic: How Will This Affect Your Care and What to Ask Your Gastrointestinal (GI) Doctor
An ACG Patient Information Handout
March 23, 2020

Pandemia COVID-19: ¿Cómo afectará su cuidado y qué preguntarle a su médico gastroenterólogo?
(Pandemic: How Will This Affect Your Care and What to Ask Your Gastrointestinal (GI) Doctor)
An ACG Patient Information Handout
May 1, 2020

Enfermedad Inflamatoria Intestinal y COVID-19 Informacion para pacientes
(Inflammatory Bowel Disease and COVID-19 Patient Information)
An ACG Patient Information Handout
May 1, 2020

Cómo prevenir el contagio de virus intestinales en la era del COVID-19
(How to Prevent Spreading of GI Viruses in the Age of COVID-19)
Consejos de expertos en enfermedades digestivas del Colegio Americano de Gastroenterología
May 1, 2020

 

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