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While we discover more about COVID-19, the list of unexpected symptoms seems to be growing daily. Here are 6 common, but surprising, symptoms of coronavirus that have been reported by health professionals so far.
In the world of health, COVID-19 is relatively new – and a massive blow to the system.
While scientists are on a desperate hunt for a vaccine and researchers conduct studies to better understand the viral infection, there is still a lot that is unknown about the deadly coronavirus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the initial stage the three main symptoms of coronavirus are fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath. However, since then there have been reported cases of patients showing a wide-range of mild-symptoms.
Even the World Health Organisation (WHO) has acknowledged that individuals are experiencing more than just the major flu-like symptoms.
From the neurological, to digestive and dermatological symptoms, we have compiled the most surprising indications of COVID-19 that have been reported so far.
Recently, experts have noted that diarrhoea seems to be increasingly showing in infected patients.
Rajeev Fernando, M.D., an infectious disease expert in Southampton, New York told Prevention that “A lot of people have diarrhoea.” He added that the extremely unpleasant symptom can appear by itself: “I can’t tell you the number of people I’ve seen with diarrhoea and no respiratory symptoms that end up having COVID-19.”
WHO notes diarrhoea on their website as a secondary symptom. They explain: “Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, or diarrhoea.”
Stomach pains might be a sign of COVID-19.
According to a new study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, patients with COVID-19 will initially experience stomach aches, or some other digestive issues, before showing flu-like symptoms.
The study’s researchers added: “Importantly, our results indicate that as the severity of the disease increases, patients without digestive symptoms in this study were more likely to be cured and discharged than patients with digestive symptoms.”
A nurse from the US treating coronavirus says patients tend to have red eyes. Image: iStockSource:BodyAndSoul
3. Red eyes
While red eyes have not been officially listed by authorities to be a symptom of COVID-19, a nurse at the Life Care Center of Kirkland, told CNN that in her experience the eyes were “the single most important” sign patients had COVID-19.
Nurse, Chelsey Earnest, explained that individuals with the deadly bug could also develop bloodshot eyes as if they were having an allergic reaction.
Anosmia or hyposmia – which is the sudden loss of smell or taste – has been previously reported to be a “hidden symptom” of COVID-19 – as most of the time the patient doesn’t show any other common flu-like symptoms.
This was concluded by evidence gathered by leading rhinologists in the UK, who discovered that about a third of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 in South Korea, China and Italy have also reported a loss of smell.
Keep an eye out for headaches.
A study published in the JAMA Neurology medical journal indicated that a large proportion of patients who contract the infection may experience neurological symptoms, starting with headaches.
The study also illustrated the alarming neurological effects COVID-19 can have on certain patients – such as seizures and strokes.
You skin might have the answers.
6. Skin rashes
Apparently the skin isn’t spared by COVID-19 either, with The French National Union of Dermatologists-Venereologists (SNDV) revealing that COVID-19 may present dermatological symptoms.
This was initially reported by French newspaper, Le Figaro, with experts noting frost bites, hives on the skin, constant redness to be in relation to the viral infection.