A review of 36 published studies on COVID-19 that included thousands of patients found nearly one in five infected individuals may also show gastrointestinal symptoms during their battle with the virus. These symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach pain.
“Seeing these things is not necessarily telling us a patient has COVID-19,” said study co-author Dr. Mitch Wilson, a radiologist and clinical lecturer in the University of Alberta’s faculty of medicine and dentistry.
He added: “It could be from a variety of potential causes.
“But one of those potential causes is infection from the virus, and in an environment where COVID-19 is very prevalent, it’s something to consider and potentially raise as a possibility to the referring physician.”