With the COVID-19 coronavirus fundamentally altering life around the globe, many people are wondering whether their symptoms match coronavirus. We’ve moved into the phase where many people are worried that they might have it. Among the questions some have: Is diarrhea a sign that you have COVID-19?
Compounding the anxiety: Some people aren’t sure whether their symptoms are caused by anxiety or it’s a symptom of coronavirus (or something else.) We live in uncertain times, and we’re dealing with an unknown illness. It’s important to be vigilant about symptoms but to also remember that most people with coronavirus recover from it.
The answer, now: Yes, diarrhea can be a symptom of coronavirus and it can also be an early indicator, but it’s not the most common symptom (you can see a breakdown later in this article). However, diarrhea – and other digestive issues like vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, and lack of appetite – have all been documented as symptoms seen in coronavirus patients. Diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain may be early symptoms of coronavirus in some cases.
Fever, shortness of breath, and a dry cough are usually listed as the most common symptoms, however.
Coronavirus symptoms are very similar to those for the flu or a common cold. In addition, it’s hard to get testing in many jurisdictions even if you’ve traveled overseas. There’s not a known cure for coronavirus anyway, so if you think you have it, consult with your primary care doctor. Most people who get coronavirus will recover just fine, but some survivors have described a very vicious battle with a flu-like illness. When they say the virus is mild for most, they don’t mean a stuffy nose.
Let’s tease out how common diarrhea is though in studies of coronavirus, with the recognition that people’s bodies handle the virus different ways. Not everyone has the same symptoms at the same stages.
“The most common symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, are fever, cough and shortness of breath,” according to John Hopkins Medicine. “Some patients also have body aches, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. If you have a sore throat and think you have been exposed to the new coronavirus, contact a health care provider by phone and discuss your risk.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Yes, Diarrhea Can Be a Sign of Coronavirus, But It’s Not the Most Common
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