According to a study, diarrhea could be a more important coronavirus symptom than previously thought.
Diarrhea as a coronavirus symptom: what’s behind it?
According to medical knowledge, Coronavirus has three main symptoms: fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. Diarrhea has also been identified as one of the possible symptoms. For example, along with other complaints such as muscle pain and fatigue, diarrhea is on the WHO coronavirus symptom list. So far, however, rather as an accompanying complaint that shows up in the course of the development of COVID-19.
According to a study conducted in the American Journal of Gastroenterology However, diarrhea could be one of the most common Early symptoms to be with Coronavirus. Researchers examined 209 people who had mild symptoms of COVID-19 and found that 20 percent of these patients were primarily affected by diarrhea. The rest of the subjects developed diarrhea within ten days of having trouble breathing. Based on this observation, the researchers concluded that diarrhea may be the first sign of coronavirus infection. And with or without other symptoms such as dry cough, fever or shortness of breath that follow.
The researchers believe that the virus can attack our bodies through both our respiratory tract and our gastroenteric tract. However, further research is still lacking to substantiate these assumptions.
Note: If you develop diarrhea that you cannot link to a clear cause (such as spoiled food), you should be alert.