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Diarrhea and Gastrointestinal Distress Early & More Dangerous Symptoms of COVID-19
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Not a pleasant topic, but good to be aware of for you and your loved ones.

Diarrhea and digestive symptoms are the main complaint (and more dangerous) in nearly half of coronavirus patients

"Clinicians must bear in mind that digestive symptoms, such as diarrhea, may be a presenting feature of COVID-19, and that the index of suspicion may need to be raised earlier in these cases rather than waiting for respiratory symptoms to emerge,"



patients with digestive symptoms had a longer time from symptom onset to hospital admission than patients without digestive symptoms, 9 days versus 7.3 days.



This suggests that patients with digestive symptoms sought care later because they didn't yet suspect they had COVID-19



Patients without digestive symptoms were more likely to be cured and discharged than those with digestive symptoms (60% versus 34%)



COVID-19 patients with digestive symptoms have a worse clinical outcome and higher risk of [death] compared to those without digestive symptoms, emphasizing the importance of including symptoms like diarrhea to suspect COVID-19 early in the disease course before respiratory symptoms develop


https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-digestive-symptoms-diarrhea-almost-half-of-patients/
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