Gastrointestinal symptoms common in COVID-19: study

The research suggests some patients may present with digestive complaints in the absence of respiratory symptoms

Digestive symptoms among patients with COVID-19 may be more common than previously thought, with a study from a Chinese cohort showing half of patients experienced loss of appetite, diarrhoea or vomiting.


The researchers suggest doctors should have a higher index of suspicion when at-risk patients present with fever and digestive symptoms, even in the absence of respiratory symptoms. 

“This is important because if clinicians solely monitor for respiratory symptoms to establish case definitions for COVID-19, they may miss cases initially