Many people are already aware that the early warning signs include a dry cough, high temperature and fatigue. It’s understood that some may also experience breathing difficulties, which is when hospital treatment may be needed. But there are also lesser-known mild symptoms that a number of those later diagnosed with coronavirus have reported experiencing. With more than 400,000 already officially diagnosed struck down with the illness globally, experts are beginning to understand more about the virus.
1. Tummy Ache
A bad stomach might be more commonly associated with bugs like norovirus. But some Covid-19 patients have reported experiencing tummy ache just before developing the other known symptoms. A new study, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, suggests people might experience digestive issues, such as diarrhea, when they are infected with coronavirus. Researchers analysed data from 204 patients with Covid-19 in China’s Hubei province and they discovered that 48.5 per cent of these patients arrived at the hospital with digestive symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain.
2. Brain Fog
Some people may experience brain fog, also known as mental fatigue, as another symptom of coronavirus. It’s not been officially looked into as a symptom but it’s another indicator that those who have experienced the illness have reported experiencing.
3. Eye Infections And Loss Of Taste And Smell
Doctors have warned that a loss of taste or smell could also be a sign of coronavirus. The British Association of Otorhinolaryngology, which represents experts in ear, nose and throat medicine, has said that those who lose these senses should self-isolate immediately – even if you have no other symptoms. They added that the eye infection conjunctivitis may also be another sign. In a statement, the docs said: “Evidence from other countries that the entry point for the coronavirus is often in the eyes, nose and throat areas. “We have also identified a new symptom (loss of sense of smell and taste) that may mean that people without other symptoms but with just the loss of this sense may have to self-isolate – again to reduce the spread of the virus.”
Another symptom that coronavirus patients have reported is feeling extremely fatigued before symptoms develop. According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, up to 44 per cent of those hospitalized with Covid-19 reported exhaustion and fatigue.