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Coronavirus symtoms : is stomach pain is sign of Coronavirus ?

Does your stomach feel like this ? It could be a Symptom of Covid-19

Studies advice that digestive issues such as diarrhea can be a sign of Covid-19 but generally in tandem with fever, coughing and shortness of breath.

A stomach pain could be a symptom of Covid-19 and one needs to be vigilant if they have begun feeling this symptom in their stomach.

According to World Health Organization the most common symptoms of the novel coronavirus are a fever, a dry cough and a feeling of tiredness, with serious symptoms involving difficulty breathing, chest pain. Other possible symptoms of Covid-19 include pains and aches, sore throat, diarrhoea, headaches, loss of smell or taste and skin rashes. But is stomach pain a possible sign of coronavirus?

A  study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, suggests that people might experience digestive issues which could signal an infection and this could include diarrhoea.


A recent analysis of more than 200 people admitted to three hospitals in Hubei, China -- the province where the virus called SARS-CoV-2 originated -- with mild cases of COVID-19 found that nearly 1 in 5 had a minimum of one gastrointestinal symptom, like diarrhea, vomiting, or belly pain. Nearly 80% also lacked an appetite.

Those symptoms can stem from other common causes, including gastroenteritis or gastrointestinal disorder . But if you've got COVID-19, GI problems may slow your recovery. And the digestive symptoms may worsen as you get sicker.

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COVID-19 mainly attacks the cells lining your airways. This makes it hard for you to breathe and can lead to pneumonia. But researchers think the illness also may harm your alimentary canal and liver tissue.

The study in China found that a third of the people with mild COVID-19 had diarrhea. The problem, including watery stool, was usually not severe. The diarrhea lasted for an average of 5 days.

Those with digestive symptoms were more likely to have a positive stool test for the coronavirus, which means they had SARS-CoV-2 RNA in their poop. 


What You Should Do

If you have diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting, it doesn’t mean that you have COVID-19. But it’s wise to pay extra attention to your symptoms during this pandemic, especially if you have a health condition that raises your chances for an infection or if you live in an area where the new coronavirus is widespread.

Stay home - most of the people who test positive for the coronavirus get mildly sick and obtain better without treatment. Avoid going out unless you want to , like for urgent medical visits.

Have a “sick” bedroom and bathroom - If you can, use a separate bathroom for yourself if you live with others to prevent spreading illness through your poop.

Wash your hands often - Soap and water for at least 20 seconds is best, especially after you use the bathroom, blow your nose, or sneeze, and before eating or cooking. Next best is a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly - This includes the toilet seat and flush handle, bathroom doorknobs, phones, counters, and other things you touch often.

Drink lots of fluids -  If you have diarrhea or are vomiting, it’s important to replace the lost fluids. An oral rehydration solution from the drugstore is best because it has salt and sugar that your body loses in diarrhea. Or you can sip watered-down fruit juices or soft drinks, along with salted crackers and broths.

Eat a balanced diet - Try foods like bananas, white rice, applesauce, and toast, which can help limit your urge to poop and replenish carbohydrates that your body needs. You can also try oatmeal, boiled or baked potatoes, and baked chicken without skin.



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