According to a new study at Stanford Medicine, a third of the patients tested for COVID -19 have gastrointestinal symptoms. Gastrointestinal complications include viral, bacterial, or parasitic infections that affect the stomach as well as the small intestines. Fever, cough, and shortness of breath are the commonly known symptoms of COVID -19. However, gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea and diarrhea, are easily missed according to this report. In addition to upper respiratory symptoms, a significant number of patients that have tested positive for COVID -19 also suffer from nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Stanford Health Center in San Fransisco was amongst the first hospitals to receive COVID -19 patients, and Dr. George Cholankeril says that they were in a unique position to look into this subject of gastrointestinal symptoms among Coronavirus patients.
According to research data collected from this Hospital, out of 116 patients who tested positive for the Coronavirus, 31.9% of the patients had gastrointestinal symptoms. 22% percent said they experienced a loss of appetite, 22% had nausea and vomiting, and 12% had diarrhea. Researchers recommend that people exposed to the Coronavirus should not only be checked for respiratory symptoms but also for gastrointestinal symptoms, which should be considered as an identifying factor for the virus as well.