Chinese Scientists Found That Nearly Half Of Patients With COVID-19 Had Gastrointestinal Symptoms

- Feb 04, 2020-

The new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 caused the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which is now raging globally. In a new study, the Wuhan Medical Treatment Expert Group for COVID-19 in Wuhan, China revealed that gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhea, are more common among patients with COVID-19. The relevant research results were published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, with the title of "Clinical characteristics of COVID-19 patients with digestive symptoms in Hubei, China: a descriptive, cross-sectional, multicenter study".

Image from American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2020, doi: 10.14309 / ajg.0000000000000620.

In this study conducted in Hubei Province, China, nearly half of patients with COVID-19 developed gastrointestinal symptoms, such as diarrhea and anorexia, and claimed that this was their main symptom.

This study also showed that COVID-19 patients with gastrointestinal symptoms had a longer time interval between symptom onset and admission compared with COVID-19 patients who showed only respiratory symptoms, and were Compared with 19 patients, they are less likely to be cured and discharged.

These authors suggest that "for high-risk COVID-19 patients with gastrointestinal symptoms, it may be necessary to maintain a high level of alertness in advance, rather than waiting for their respiratory symptoms to appear."