Coronavirus new strain: Gastrointestinal symptoms may progress to severe disease


The UK’s vaccination campaign was hailed an “extraordinary feat” by the Prime Minister at the weekend. Boris Johnson was referring to the government meeting its vaccination target of inoculating the top four priority groups by mid-February. Despite the optimism, the vaccine rollout is confronting an unforeseen obstacle – resistant variants of the virus.

According to the BMJ article, the presence of gastrointestinal symptoms may be a “predictor” of progression to severe disease.

“Children may present with gastrointestinal symptoms more commonly than adults, particularly newborns and infants, and these may be the only symptom,” the article states.

According to the BMJ, gastrointestinal symptoms are reported in 20 percent of patients.

According to the research journal, prevalence of specific symptoms is as follows: loss of appetite 22.3 percent; diarrhoea 2.4 percent; nausea/vomiting nine percent; and abdominal pain 6.2 percent.

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“Gastrointestinal symptoms appear to be more prevalent outside of China, although this may be due to increased awareness and reporting of these symptoms as the pandemic progressed,” reports the BMJ.

How to respond to coronavirus symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result.

You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

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Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.

There have been some news reports of anti-inflammatory painkillers, such as ibuprofen, making coronavirus worse.

The Commission on Human Medicines has now confirmed there is no clear evidence that using ibuprofen to treat symptoms such as a high temperature makes coronavirus worse.

You can therefore take paracetamol or ibuprofen to treat symptoms of coronavirus.

The NHS adds: “Try paracetamol first if you can, as it has fewer side effects than ibuprofen and is the safer choice for most people.”





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