Digestive symptoms linked to worse COVID-19 results

Digestive symptoms linked to worse COVID-19 results

Digestive symptoms linked to worse COVID-19 results

The new study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology looked at data from 204 patients with COVID-19 in China's Hubei province.

Zeichner as well as Cruz note that there are subgroups of children that show up to go to higher danger of COVID-19 issues, specifically those that are more youthful, immunocompromised or have various other lung health issue.

Medical researchers in Shanghai examined the symptoms and transmission patterns of COVID-19 among almost 2,200 pediatric patients between the ages of 2 and 13. Almost 40 percent of infected kids became moderately ill, with symptoms like pneumonia or lung problems revealed by CT scans, with no obvious shortness of breath, while about 4 percent had no symptoms at all, according to the study. "Clinicians must bear in mind that digestive symptoms, such as diarrhea, may be a presenting feature of COVID-19, and that the index of suspicion may need to be raised earlier in these cases rather than waiting for respiratory symptoms to emerge", write the authors.

Researchers found that 48.5% of these patients arrived at the hospital with digestive symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain. The authors found that those without digestive symptoms were almost twice as likely to be cured and discharged than patients with digestive symptoms - 60 percent versus 34.3 percent. A doctor from a public hospital said diarrhea can not be a criteria to suspect Covid-19.

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Notably, seven patients in the analysis with COVID-19 presented with digestive symptoms but no respiratory symptoms.

Some of these cases - 7% - did not even report any respiratory problems, which was one of the most common symptoms associated with the contagious virus, according to the researchers. Lloyd-Smith said the biology and epidemiology of the virus make infection extremely hard to detect in its early stages because the majority of cases show no symptoms for five days or longer after exposure. According to the study, these people too should have been a priority. "There is so much we do not know about this virus, and while we are moving as fast as possible, it is up to the community to stay home to control the spread", he says.

The study included 2,143 cases of children being infected and reported to the Chinese government, roughly a third of them were confirmed and the rest were suspected.

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