AS Covid-19 infections continue to spread across the country, it’s important to know the key signs and symptoms.
We all know the three main signs of Covid, but is diarrhea a sign of an infection or did you just have a skimpy dinner?
Gut health in both children and adults depends on how well the digestive system or digestive tract is working.
Community pharmacist, Sultan Dajani explains that the intestines function properly, it can digest food efficiently and eliminate waste (i.e. feces) easily and at least four times a week.
He said things can go wrong in the large intestine and stools become too soft and liquid – which is a sign of diarrhea.
The three main symptoms of Covid-19 outlined by the NHS throughout the pandemic are a new persistent cough, high temperature and loss of taste and smell.
Loss of taste and smell (anosmia) was added to the list in May 2020 after experts gathered more information about what the patient was experiencing.
Since the start of the pandemic, these symptoms have continued to develop with people also reporting symptoms such as headaches and chills.
Previously published data by experts at ZOE Covid symptom study The app found that diarrhea could be a symptom.
Medical experts at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the US previously said the patient had diarrhea.
Experts at ZOE say that if you have Covid and you also have diarrhea along with other symptoms, you are more likely to need to go to the hospital.
They explain: “Diarrhea caused by Covid-19 is similar to the upset stomach you might get from a common stomach bug, such as rotavirus or norovirus. Diarrhea is common in children and adults. large and usually resolve on its own.
“We think that Covid-19 causes diarrhea because the virus can enter cells in the intestine and disrupt its normal function.
When should you seek help?
Usually diarrhea is something you have to get over, as it will go away on its own.
You must miss school or work if you are unwell for at least two days, as this indicates you have a contagious bug.
Pharmacists can help with medications to reduce diarrhea and its related symptoms, such as dehydration.
But call the pharmacy or contact them online before visiting in person. You can either have the medication delivered or have someone collect it.
The NHS requires calling 111 if:
- there is blood in the diarrhea, or you are bleeding from the bottom
- diarrhea that lasts more than seven days, or vomiting for more than two days
- you show signs of dehydration (less wet diapers in babies) despite using a rehydration pack
- you can’t keep the liquid down
- you are worried about a baby under 12 months
- your baby has stopped feeding (breast or bottle feeding)
Call 999 if you or your child:
- vomiting blood or vomit that looks like ground coffee
- have green or yellow-green vomit
- may have swallowed something poisonous
- stiff neck and pain when looking at bright lights
- have a sudden, severe headache or stomachache
“Covid-19 can be transmitted through feces and contaminated surfaces or hands. It is paramount to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly clean bathrooms if you, anyone you live with or a friend of yours. are taking care of diarrhea, to prevent the infection from spreading.”
Diarrhea is an early warning sign of Covid-19 and experts say it usually occurs on the first day of infection.
In adults, they say it can last up to seven days, and some people may experience intermittent bouts of nausea when they take Covid-19.
While it’s not a common symptom of Covid, experts say it’s one that increases your chances of getting older.
It is estimated that only 2% of people who test positive for Covid have diarrhea.
For most people, they will experience this along with fatigue and headaches
They added: “Diarrhea is also associated with a higher risk of requiring hospital assistance, especially in those who also report unusual abdominal and muscle pain.”
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