“When accessing surgical patients, clinicians should inquire whether patients complain about any gastrointestinal discomfort in detail, identify COVID‐19 in time, and reduce the risk of infection during surgery,” they said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has acknowledged GI issues on its list of COVID-19 warning signs.
The NHS does not include them in the list of main symptoms, however.
According to the health body, the main symptoms of COVID-19 are as follows:
- A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal