Experts have warned of a new symptom to look out for that could be a sign of Covid-19 after a nurse was diagnosed with coronavirus despite not have the traditional indicators.
Usually people are warned to look out for a persistent, dry cough, a fever and a loss of a sense of taste or smell.
But one nurse, aged 37, felt ill without these signs, reports The Mirror.
Australia’s Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles said: “He identified he had abdominal pain, not normally considered a symptom of Covid-19, but he was incredibly wise and he identified that that was a symptom that could be from Covid-19.
“He went and got tested and that test came back positive.”
He added: “We can all do the right thing by monitoring our health and if we have any symptoms at all that are of any cause for concern, we can go and get tested – so we thank him very much for that.”
In May, a study published by the Royal College of Physicians revealed that a number of Covid-19 patients in France had presented with abdominal pain, but no pulmonary symptoms.
The researchers, led by Gérald Gahide, wrote: “Even though coronaviruses are considered as respiratory viruses mostly transmitted via the airways, primary or secondary oral contamination may be responsible for these abdominal symptoms.
“This is of great importance because this implies that, as long as the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, patients presenting with this symptomatology should be managed as potentially infected and COVID-19 diagnostic tests should be performed.”
Currently, the NHS only lists three coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, and a loss of your sense of smell or taste.