Glatter shared his experience treating patients with COVID-19 in New York City. Gastrointestinal symptoms associated with COVID-19 vary widely but can include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and generalized abdominal pain. According to Science Daily, among those with a digestive symptom, 58 per cent had diarrhea, and one-fifth of participants experienced it as their first symptom of COVID-19. (FOX NEWS) -- Could diarrhea and other gastrointestinal issues be the first signs of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19? A recent study out of Stanford University School of Medicine found that nearly one-third of 116 patients infected with the coronavirus reported mild gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. Fever, cough and shortness of breath are the classic symptoms of COVID-19, but there may be gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea and diarrhea, that are getting missed, according to a new Stanford Medicine study. The time to call the doctor is when respiratory symptoms or fever accompany that diarrhea. And the order can change. 6 What to Do If You Experience These Symptoms "If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19," says the CDC. COVID-19 symptoms can surface anywhere between two and 14 days after exposure. In the new study, the research team tracked data from 206 patients with mild COVID-19. The researchers who conducted the review report that 18 per cent of patients presented with such symptoms, while 16 per cent of COVID-19 cases may only present with gastrointestinal symptoms. COVID-19 is producing symptoms of diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and appetite loss in a number of patients young and old. Everyone who has a loose stool here and there shouldn’t be worried, adds Rubin. (In another subset, loss of smell and taste is.) Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms of COVID-19 include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. 11 You Have Diarrhea or Vomiting Diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain may be more common as a symptom of COVID-19 than anticipated, according to The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Researchers found that, in addition to upper respiratory symptoms, a significant number of those sick with the new virus also suffered from loss of appetite, … But clinicians are learning that in a subset of patients with COVID-19, gastrointestinal issues can be the first—and sometimes only—symptom. Of those, 62 per cent of patients experiencing a digestive symptom reported a fever at the same time, while one-third still maintained a normal temperature. If you’ve been in contact with someone who’s been diagnosed and you start to experience GI symptoms, including diarrhea, contact your doctor via phone or a virtual visit . 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