New study has found out that some coronavirus patients only exhibit gastrointestinal issues and not the regular symptoms. The most common of these symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. A loss of appetite has been found to be a predictor of a patient experiencing lingering coronavirus symptoms.
We know we’re all familiar with some of the more common coronavirus symptoms like the fever, cough, muscle aches — researchers and doctors over the past few months have discovered a range of unusual ailments that can similarly point to a coronavirus infection. The sudden loss of taste and smell, for example, is arguably the most unique among these and the most common.
Recently, researchers out of the University of Alberta took a close look at 36 coronavirus studies and found that a handful of gastrointestinal issues tend to be associated with a positive coronavirus diagnosis. More specifically, the study specifically found that 18% of coronavirus patients exhibit the following gastrointestinal issues: loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. What’s more, the research found that 16% of coronavirus patients exhibit gastrointestinal symptoms exclusively.
“Gastrointestinal manifestations and imaging manifestations of SARS-CoV-2 infection are increasingly reported and warrant specific attention during abdominal imaging,” the study reads in part.
“Seeing these things is not necessarily telling us a patient has COVID-19,” one of the study’s authors said in a statement earlier this month. “It could be from a variety of potential causes. But one of those potential causes is infection from the virus, and in an environment where COVID-19 is very prevalent, it’s something to consider and potentially raise as a possibility to the referring physician.”
If you’ve been quarantining and experience any of the aforementioned symptoms — loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain — it may be unrelated to COVID-19. However, if you experience any of the above symptoms and have been going out in public, it would be wise to seek medical attention.