Cough, fever and runny nose are the most common symptoms of infection with the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen. But the longer the corona pandemic lasts, the longer the list of symptoms becomes. According to a recent Canadian study, gastrointestinal complaints are more common than expected.
Corona has been our concern for almost a year. The course of the disease is not the same in all affected patients: While some have no symptoms whatsoever, others show very different symptoms. These can range from coughing, the loss of the sense of smell and taste to fatigue and even fever.
FITBOOK gives an overview of the officially from Federal Ministry of Health symptoms classified for a corona disease. Important: The signs of a corona infection can vary in individual cases – and z. B. (also) affect the digestive tract. This is especially the case with sick children. Note that the following symptoms can also occur with a common cold or flu. They are therefore not necessarily always meaningful.
Gastrointestinal complaints come into focus
So far, complaints that affect the gastrointestinal tract have not been counted among the particularly common corona symptoms – possibly wrongly, like one Canadian investigation shows. At the University of Alberta, 36 studies were analyzed with a view to gastrointestinal manifestations of Covid-19. According to this, the frequency of symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and loss of appetite in Covid 19 patients was around 18 percent. In some (16 percent) gastrointestinal complaints are even listed as the only indication of an infection with the coronavirus.
An overview of other symptoms for Covid-19
- Fever over 38 degrees
- (dry cough
- Headache and body aches
- Loss of smell and taste
- Delirium (-ium) – describes a state of mental confusion, which can affect perception, but also action
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The most common symptoms of a corona infection
- to cough – apparently the most important indicator for the coronavirus. The symptom occurs at a frequency of about 45 percent.
- fever – the second most common corona symptom. According to the RKI, 38 percent of the sick are affected.
- sniff apparently only have about 20 percent of the sick. Even fewer sick people (15 percent) lost their sense of smell and taste, at least temporarily, as part of a corona infection.
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Children often have different symptoms
Adults and their children can infect each other. Nevertheless, a possible Covid 19 disease in children is often different. Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast recently came to this conclusion as part of an observational study with 68 children aged two to 15 years. The results are in the journal “The BMJ” released.
The most common corona symptoms among children, starting with the most common:
- Gastrointestinal complaints, especially diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal cramps
- a headache
- skin rash
Those responsible for the study call for gastrointestinal complaints in particular to be included in the official list of symptoms. If parents experience the above symptoms in their children, they should not send them to school and observe the situation for at least 48 hours.
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Corona symptoms detected – what to do?
Contact doctor by phone
Should you have symptoms or notice them in your child, consult your family doctor in any case. Please do not sit in the waiting room with a cough and a fever, but call us first. In the end, it is up to the doctor to decide whether a targeted test for corona is useful and necessary.
No complaints – can I still have Corona?
Infection with the coronavirus is actually completely symptom-free. Then you have only been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen, which does not necessarily have to cause symptoms. But be careful: you can still be contagious to others.
Be particularly careful after contact with infected people
There is a particularly high risk of infection if you have had physical contact with a verifiably infected person or if you recently stayed in a so-called risk area with a particularly large number of corona infected people. A Overview of the current risk areas can be found on the RKI website. Anyone returning from a relevant country or region must undergo a mandatory corona test. This is the only way to prevent the invisible spread of the pathogen by symptom-free, but still infected people.
So go inside and think about whether any of the above applies to you and act accordingly. If this is not the case, however, there is initially no acute reason to assume an infection, but of course it is never completely excluded.
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Please don’t panic, but listen to your body!
The spread of the coronavirus around the world will probably continue to dominate our everyday lives in the near future. In the current situation, it only helps to act prudently and, above all, considerate of one’s fellow human beings and thereby make one’s own contribution to slow down the rate of spread.