Symptoms of China’s coronavirus: Fevers and coughs are not the only signs – as doctors warn people having DIARRHOEA should also beware

Friday, January 24, 2020
By Paul Martin

Chinese man was found to be infected with the virus after having diarrhoea
Medics scanned his lungs as a precaution, and saw an unexpected infection
Doctors said digestive diseases could also indicate the onset of the syndrome
Headache, pink eye, heart palpitations and muscle aches may be signs too

24 January 2020

Fevers, coughs and breathing difficulties are the most common symptoms of a new deadly strain of coronavirus from China, but they are by no means the only signs.

People suffering from diarrhoea should beware because it may also indicate the onset of the life-threatening infection, doctors have warned.

The new coronavirus ravaging Asia is far more contagious than previously thought and someone who is infected can spread it with just a simple cough or a sneeze.

Originating in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the virus has so far killed 26 people and infected more than 920 in at least 10 countries and regions within three weeks.

One 45-year-old man in Wuhan was diagnosed with the virus after going to the hospital because of diarrhoea, revealed Prof. Yu Honggang, director at the Department of Digestive Diseases of Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University.

The medic told Xinhua News Agency that the male patient recently went to his department for advice after suffering from the acute bowel problem for three days.

After discovering that the man had been in contact with people infected with the coronavirus, Prof. Yu’s team gave him a CT scan of the chest as a preventative measure – even though he did not show any signs of respiratory diseases.

To doctors’ surprise, the screening showed that the man had ground glass opacity in both of his lungs, indicating an infection. A specialised new coronavirus test kit also came back with positive results.

The man was confirmed to be struck down with the virus.

Prof. Chen Guozhong, a leading researcher of the new coronavirus, pointed out that in multiple confirmed cases the patients had only got digestive diseases at the beginning, such as lack of appetite, lack of strength, lack of energy, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Prof. Chen, director of the Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine of Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, also associated the following symptoms to the coronavirus:

Nervous system diseases such as headache
Cardiovascular diseases such as heart palpitations and oppression in the chest
Eye diseases such as pink eye
Minor muscle aches in the limbs or around the waist

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