Dr. Glatter weighs in on a possible sign of a COVID-19 infection that might be overlooked.
While we are focused on cough and fever as the initial signs of COVID-19, it’s also important to be aware that abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea could precede respiratory symptoms in some people.
Results of a new study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology indicate that a subset of persons could develop symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea along with abdominal pain during early stages of infection with SARS -CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
That said, its still important to realize that respiratory symptoms are the more common presentation—fever and dry cough—as COVID-19 mainly affects the lungs. The potential for also having minimal early symptoms (nasal congestion, aches pains, and sore throat)—or none at all— has also been described, and is believed to be associated with ongoing asymptomatic transmission.