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Study says diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting could be first symptoms of Covid-19


22 March 2020  

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WASHINGTON DC: Problems associated with the digestive system, for instance, diarrhea, could be the initial symptoms of a Covid-19 infection, according to a new study.

Almost half of the coronavirus patients brought to a hospital in China’s Hubei province reported digestive system issues. This information has emerged out of a study that was published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, New York Post reported.

The researchers observed that out of the 204 patients, 48.5 percent mainly complained of diarrhea, abdominal pain, and vomiting.

The scientists revealed that seven percent of patients didn’t even report any respiratory symptoms, which are considered the hallmark of this highly contagious disease.

After the onset of the infection, the affected individuals also took two more days on average to seek medical help in comparison to the ones who did not present any digestive system issues.

The findings can help the doctors to quickly diagnose and quarantine the patients, thus facilitating the containment efforts worldwide.

The study concluded that “clinicians should recognize that digestive symptom, such as diarrhea, maybe a presenting feature of COVID-19”.

The researchers also cautioned medical professionals to not wait “for respiratory symptoms to emerge.”

(with inputs from Agencies)

Publish Date : 22 March 2020 19:16 PM

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