'No virus found' in vaginal fluid of women with severe COVID-19

But studies in premenopausal women are needed, researchers say

Postmenopausal women with severe COVID-19 infection do not carry SARS-CoV-2 in their vaginal fluid, a small study shows.

Coronavirus swab

Some 10 women admitted to a Chinese intensive care unit in February with COVID-19 pneumonia all tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 in vaginal fluid.

Vaginal swabs were taken from the postmenopausal women (aged 52-80) between 17 and 40 days after the patients' symptoms first appeared. All samples tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 by real-time PCR assay.

"This finding