As coronavirus (also referred to as COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2) continues to spread and affect everyone's lives, with the total number of global cases surpassing 292,142 including 12,784 deaths (as of March 21, 2020), we are learning some of the new signs and symptoms that people are experiencing. A new study out of China shows there were digestive symptoms, like diarrhea, abdominal pain, and vomiting, present in about half of the patients, and oftentimes it was the first symptom. Another key sign is loss of appetite. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta shares that it's a heads up that it may not always start with shortness of breath, fever or a dry cough. He shares, "It can start about half the time with digestive symptoms."
Another big sign is loss of smell or anosmia. It can be another symptom, which may be linked to loss of taste, or linked to loss of appetite.
The Doctors share important information on symptoms of the virus and what to keep an eye out for.
According to The CDC, people infected have ranged from having little or no symptoms to others who have become severely ill. Coronavirus/COVID-19 symptoms can include:
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of smell and taste
- Digestive issues like diarrhea, abdominal pain and vomiting
- Red itchy eyes
- Shortness of breath
The CDC states, "The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.)"
As a safety reminder, The Doctors reiterate that currently there is no coronavirus vaccine, and the CDC stresses the best way to prevent infection is avoiding being exposed and urges everyone to take these preventive actions to stop the spread of the virus:
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not accessible
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Minimize or avoid exposure to sick people
- Stay home
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then dispose of the tissue
- Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are often handled
Find out more details on coronavirus from infectious disease expert Dr. Ravina Kullar who shared important information with The Doctors about the virus, who she feels is most at risk, and what types of places and events she recommends avoiding.
Also, stay informed on the latest information on the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization and learn about prevention methods and what to do if you are infected.