New Study Finds Nausea, Vomiting and Appetite Loss as Early Symptoms of Coronavirus
Even as the world is in the grips of the ongoing coronavirus covid19, scientists are working round the clock trying to study the virus and bring about a cure or a vaccine. Already testing has started for a vaccine but besides that scientists researching the vaccine has now found additional symptoms that could be early indications of the virus. The study found digestive problems like vomiting, diarrhoea and even loss of appetite as symptoms of the coronavirus.
1Study done at ground zero
The study was done in the ground zero area of the COVID 19 outbreak, Wuhan where 204 patients were taken for the study among which doctors found 99 suffered digestive problems as the main ailment. Most of the patients did not have any underlying digestive disorders.
2Digestive problems reported first
Of the 204 people 83% reported loss of appetite, 29% reported diarrhoea, as the two main symptoms among those who showed signs of digestive tract problems. Among the rest, 0.8% showed vomiting and .4% abdominal pain. The majority of the patients also reported respiratory problems, dry cough, breathing issues and digestive issues. But, 7 patients showed nothing except digestive problems.
The study was conducted by researchers in China who have been constantly studying the vaccine and sharing the findings with the world. The findings were also published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
3Digestive issues were the chief complaint
The research involved 107 men and 94 women who were of average age 55 and all COVID -19 positive between Jan18-Feb28. 99 of them complained of digestive problems and 92 suffered with the respiratory problems associated with the virus.
The researchers stated ‘Among the 105 patients without digestive symptoms, 85 presented only with respiratory symptoms, and 20 neither had respiratory nor digestive symptoms as their chief complain.’