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Is diarrhea a symptom of COVID-19?  What you need to know – NBC Chicago

COVID-19 can cause a wide range of symptoms, with fever, cough, and fatigue being some of the most common.

But others, such as gastrointestinal problems, have been increasingly reported as common, according to the National Institutes of Health at the United States National Library of Medicine.

One “potentially dangerous symptom” is diarrhea, according to John Hopkins Medicine.

According to the health system, about 20% of patients with COVID-19 are likely to experience diarrhea soon after contracting the coronavirus.

People with weakened immune systems, such as those recovering from COVID-19, are at the greatest risk of developing diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms, including vomiting and nausea, John Hopkins Medicine said. , citing the CDC.

Doctors note that diarrhea can be dangerous if left untreated, especially in children, advising people to use proper oral hydration.

“For children and adults, it’s important to watch for dehydration caused by diarrhea before the illness becomes extreme. Starting oral rehydration within 24 hours of symptom onset can save lives, ”says Dr. William Greenough, infectious disease expert and Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Oral hydration products are often sold over the counter and usually contain a balance of sodium, potassium, glucose, starch, citrate, and bicarbonate acids.

Here is a list of possible symptoms of CDC:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing
  • Tired
  • Muscle or body pain
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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