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Is nausea a sign of COVID-19? What to know about digestive symptoms and the virus – NBC Chicago

People with COVID-19 can experience a wide range of symptoms, with fever, fatigue and cough being among the most common. However, digestive symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, along with others, are reported less frequently, according to the Mayo Clinic.

A study titled “Roles of Nausea and Vomiting in COVID-19,” published in 2021, found that nausea and vomiting are not uncommon symptoms in children and adults with COVID. Often they can appear before other types of symptoms.

So if you have nausea, is there any way to tell if it’s related to COVID? What should you do next?

Digestive symptoms, in some cases, may be the first sign that a person has contracted COVID. They are known to develop early in an infection, with respiratory symptoms possibly following a day later, according to an Emerson Health article.

In most cases, patients who experience gastrointestinal symptoms with COVID-19 will also experience the more common upper respiratory symptoms, including a dry cough or difficulty breathing.

Patients with COVID-19 will likely develop nausea and vomiting before diarrhea, researchers from the University of Southern California said.

But overall, gastrointestinal symptoms are much less common. About 5-10% of adults with COVID-19 report symptoms of nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

If you have such symptoms, it does not necessarily mean you have COVID.

Nausea and vomiting can be linked to many medical conditions. So if you think you’ve contracted COVID-19, you’ll want to get tested as soon as possible.

Experts warn patients that the severity, or even type, of initial symptoms can vary greatly from person to person. In general, symptoms will usually appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms of the virus include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • 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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