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Coronavirus warning – three digestive symptoms that could be something serious

Coronavirus is an infectious disease which has been confirmed in almost 900,000 individuals across the world. Cases are continuing to rise in the UK, and the government has urged the public to stay at home, to avoid becoming infected or spreading the virus further.

Common signs and symptoms of coronavirus include a high fever, and a new, continuous cough.

It's crucial that you remain at home if you think you may have symptoms of the virus.

But, there are other warning signs that you should be looking out for.

You may be at risk of coronavirus if you develop a digestive problem, including diarrhoea, vomiting, and nausea, it's been claimed.

More than half of COVID-19 patients also have a digestive symptom, scientists have claimed.

Diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting were almost as common as respiratory symptoms in a study of 206 patients, revealed experts in Wuhan, China - where the virus is believed to have originated from.

Scientists from Huazhong University urged doctors to consider digestive problems as a warning sign of coronavirus.

Failing to spot these signs may unknowingly spread the COVID-19 virus even further, they warned.

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"Importantly, digestive symptoms are common in the community, and most instances of new-onset diarrhoea, nausea, or vomiting are not from COVID-19," they said.

"Nonetheless, clinicians should recognise that new-onset, acute digestive symptoms in a patient with a possible COVID-19 contact should at least prompt consideration of the illness, particularly during times of high COVID-19 incidence and prevalence.

"Failure to recognise these patients early and often may lead to unwitting spread of the disease among outpatients with mild illness who remain undiagnosed and unaware of their potential to infect others.

"In addition, patients with digestive symptoms took longer to report for medical care, suggesting that COVID-19 was not initially recognised in these patients leading to delayed diagnosis."


More common signs of coronavirus include a high fever and a dry cough, however.

Patients may have a high fever if they feel hot to the touch on their chest or back.

Meanwhile, those with a new, continuous cough, have also been urged to self-isolate.

A 'new, continuous cough' is described as having at least three coughing episodes in a 24-hour period.

Almost 30,000 people in the UK have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the latest government figures.

Of the 29,474 confirmed cases, 2,352 people have died from the infection.

Everyone has been told to remain at home to avoid spreading the infection.

You should only leave your home to go food or medicine shopping, for medical help, traveling to and from work - where absolutely necessary - and for one form of exercise every day.



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