Every day we’re learning new things about the COVID-19 coronavirus.
And let’s face it, with our stress levels already through the roof the last thing in the world ANY of us need right now is one more thing to worry about.
But that’s why having timely, accurate information is so important. Because knowledge is power. And knowing what we’re up against… and what to be on the lookout for… actually puts YOU back in the driver’s seat again. It allows you to set a plan into place.
Which is why you need to know about another potential warning sign of this infection.
It’s something else to keep an eye out for as we all work together to SPOT this infection early… TAKE action fast… and STOP the spread of the disease.
And it starts in your stomach, as new research reveals how gastric symptoms such as diarrhea could be the first sign of infection.
But there’s also good news hidden in this one – a bright silver lining in the cloud to help ease your mind even if you start to feel a little something in your stomach.
Diarrhea could be a warning sign of coronavirus
As I’ve shared in recent days, we’re learning more about the signs and symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus infection. And I’m trying to bring each one to you as they’re discovered.
There’s more to learn still, but one thing has become clear. Many of the signs and symptoms DON’T follow the usual “cold and flu” patterns.
That’s part of what’s made it so tricky to detect this virus early when quick action and immediate isolation can make a much bigger difference.
Some people lose their sense of taste and/or smell. Some have reported pink eye before and during the infection, showing how the eyes can “catch” the virus, and leaky eyes can spread it.
Now, the latest research shows how belly issues could be another unexpected warning sign.
Researchers in China, where the infection first took hold and spread, found that one in four patients with coronavirus had diarrhea. It lasted an average of five days and, in some cases, up to two weeks.
The silver lining in those tummy troubles
I promised some good news, and here it is: When diarrhea IS a sign of coronavirus, it’s often the MILDER form of the disease.
A third of these patients didn’t have the head-pounding fever that’s become a hallmark of this infection. Many didn’t have the respiratory symptoms, either, including the frightening shortness of breath and chest-rattling coughs we’ve heard so much about.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take it seriously, however. And it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek help.
If you have ANY unusual symptoms – including any combination of diarrhea, smell and taste changes, pink eye, fever, and cough – you need to call your doc ASAP to make sure they know what’s going on. He can guide you through what you need to do next.
And if you have diarrhea, no matter what the cause, don’t forget to drink plenty of water to keep your fluid levels topped up.