New Study Finds Nausea, Vomiting and Appetite Loss as Early Symptoms of Coronavirus
4Digestive problems increased while those without showed a 60% success rate in treatment
During the course of the study, the researchers found that the patients complained of their digestive issues getting worse and the severity increased. Those who had no digestive problems were cured faster and discharged earlier than those with digestive problems.
34.3% of patients who experienced digestion problems were discharged in the first week of March once the study ended. What scientists concluded was that in patients without digestive problems, the success rate of treatment was 60%. The researchers recorded in the study ‘We found that digestive symptoms are a common presenting complaint in patients with COVID-19. ‘Compared to patients without digestive symptoms, those presenting with digestive symptoms have a longer time from onset to admission and a worse prognosis”
5What the experts had to say
The co-editor of the journal in which the study was published, Dr Brennan Spiegel, issued a statement saying “In this study, COVID-19 patients with digestive symptoms have a worse clinical outcome and higher risk of [death] compared to those without digestive symptoms, emphasising the importance of including symptoms like diarrhea to suspect COVID-19 early in the disease course before respiratory symptoms develop.’
6Digestion problems could be early indicators as proof of the virus leading to faster treatment
The doctor also added that digestive issues could be early indicators which could lead to earlier diagnosis of COVID-19 that could also lead to faster treatment and faster quarantine of patients to minimise transmission of the disease form those who in most cases remain undiagnosed at that particular stage. In effect, weird as it sounds, digestive issues cropping up in someone who could be COVID-19 positive can work to their advantage in being diagnosed and treated faster.
7Why is the virus attacking the digestive system?
However, the scientists could find out why the virus attacks the digestive system but experts feel that it could be affecting the digestive tract in the same way as the earlier SARS and how it damaged the system. What SARS essentially did was to bind to receptors on human cells called ACE and then trigger of production of excess liver cells called hepatocytes. This increased the risk of liver injury. SARS -CoV-2 (the virus that causes the disease COVID-19) also damaged the digestive system directory or indirectly by triggering inflammatory responses in the digestive tract.
According to the researchers, more larger studies are necessary to truly understand the workings of the virus and its effects on the human body.