WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An Australian nurse working in Ipswich Hospital in Queensland had contracted COVID-19 after experiencing stomach pains, local authorities said.
- Though not a common sign of COVID-19, symptoms pertaining to stomach or digestion are not unusual among infected people.
- Based on some studies published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, COVID-19 patients reported having symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
According to local authorities, an Australian nurse tested positive for COVID-19 upon experiencing stomach aches which were believed to be a potential symptom of the coronavirus.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that authorities have warned residents to be on alert against the less common reactions from the virus.
“[The nurse] identified abdominal pain, which is not normally considered a symptom of COVID-19, but he was incredibly wise and he identified that could have been a symptom,” Steven Miles, a local health minister, said on Tuesday.
“He went and got tested and came back positive.”
According to the ABC report, the 37-year-old nurse was working in the COVID-19 ward at Ipswich Hospital in Queensland. His identity was not identified.
Miles also said that monitoring one’s well-being on a regular basis can help in identifying any uncommon symptoms.
“It underlines how we can all do the right things by monitoring our health and if we have any symptoms at all that is of any cause for concern, we can go and get tested.”
Although symptoms like fever, cough, and shortness of breath are among the most familiar signs of COVID-19 illness, abdominal symptoms are not unusual in patients.
Based on a study published in March in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, digestive problems such as vomiting and diarrhea were reported by almost half of COVID-19 patients confined at a hospital in the central Chinese province of Hubei.
Aside from the more common respiratory symptoms, a study conducted by the Stanford Medicine researchers discovered that 32 percent of 116 COVID-19 patients in the San Francisco Bay Area in the US suffered stomach pains like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The study was published in the “Gastroenterology” journal in April.
Source: New York Post