Could Stomach Issues Be The FIRST EARLY Symptom Of Coronavirus?

Jill O'Rourke
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As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, fever and coughing seem to be the most talked-about symptoms of the illness. However, studies are now suggesting that stomach issues could also be connected to the virus.


According to The Sun, scientists in the United States have suggested that a stomach ache might precede symptoms such as high temperature, coughing, and shortness of breath.

Is Stomach Ache A Coronavirus Symptom?

The newspaper points to a study from the American Journal of Gastroenterology, claiming that people infected with coronavirus might experience digestive issues such as diarrhea.

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This is based on data from 204 patients with coronavirus in China’s Hubei province. Researchers reportedly discovered that 48.5 percent of these patients had digestive symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. These symptoms might show up before respiratory symptoms.

It’s also worth noting that, according to The Sun, the patients in this study had more severe cases of COVID-19. According to the journal’s co-editor-in-chief Brennan M.R. Spiegel, the patients with digestive symptoms also had a “higher risk of mortality” than those without them.

What Are The Common Symptoms Of Coronavirus?

While some coronavirus patients may have gastrointestinal symptoms before respiratory ones, there are some more common symptoms to look out for. According to the CDC, fever, shortness of breath, and coughing could appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus.


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Emergency warning signs for COVID-19 include difficulty breathing, pain or pressure in the chest, “new confusion or inability to arouse,” and a bluish color to the lips or face. People with these warning signs should seek medical attention immediately.

Sneezing is not a typical symptom of coronavirus. However, it could still spread the virus, so you should always sneeze into a tissue or your elbow, not your hand.

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