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Up to 50 percent of COVID-19 patients have digestive issues.

According to analysis by the Lancet, about 50 percent of COVID-19 patients suffer from digestive issues.

According to analysis by the Lancet, about 50 percent of COVID-19 patients suffer from digestive issues.According to the World Health Organization, the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, difficulty in breathing, body aches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

In early 2020, a study published by the American Journal of Gastroenterology reported that some patients with COVID-19 experienced gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, particularly diarrhea, as the first sign of illness. This gastrointestinal (GI) tract leads to digestive diseases or disorders of the digestive tract.

An NCBI study published in 2020 also mentioned that SARS-CoV-2 damages the digestive system directly or indirectly by the inflammatory response leading to diarrhea and increases the severity of COVID-19.

More recently – on May 12, 2021 – the Lancet published a study on gastrointestinal complications in COVID-19 patients. The study analyzed 204 patients with COVID-19 with a full laboratory, imaging, and historical data and found that 103 patients (50 percent) reported digestive issues, such as lack of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19, including symptoms, prevention, and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organization or your national healthcare authority.

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