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Doctors find additional symptoms of Coronavirus

by: HB News staff writer
Posted: January 12, 2021


HUNTINGTON BEACH... Normally COVID-19 starts with a dry cough and a temperature as the two main key symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19. However, alongside these and the loss of smell and taste, some coronavirus sufferers reported other, strange symptoms on top of those more well known.

Since the virus first started spreading, health experts have been documenting everything they can about this new, unseen virus.

And as well as new, persistent coughs and fevers as tell-tale signs of the disease there are other milder symptoms to have been noted among sufferers in recent weeks.  

These include physical and mental fatigue, loss of sense of smell and a lack of appetite.

As more and more people have been struck down by COVID-19 and understanding of the disease has grown, an even fuller list of symptoms has emerged.

One of the more curious ones is a buzzing sensation that runs through the body.

While it has not been listed as an official symptom to watch out for, many people have posted online about experiencing a 'tingling' sensation.

One person said that her partner had the illness and the sensation that his 'skin felt like it was burning' and another described it as having “an mild electric feeling on my skin.”

Dr Daniel Griffin, chief of infectious disease at ProHealth Care Associates, has suggested the feeling may be part of an auto-immune response to a patients' nervous system.

“Clearly it’s been identified, but we’re just not sure yet how widespread it is,” he said and suggested it may simply be people experiencing a fever for the first time.

Another mild symptom of coronavirus that is being reported with increased regularity is the need to go to the toilet more often.

Digestion problems and changes in bowel habits - particularly looser stools and making more frequent trips to the toilet - are sometimes the first signs that you’re coming down with something, not just with this coronavirus.

However, diarrhea has been reported as an early symptom in patients who have later tested positive for COVID-19.

A new study, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, analysed data of 204 patients with CCOVID-19 in China’s Hubei province and found that nearly 50 per cent had diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain.

Testicular pain

The third, slightly less common symptom of the coronavirus, is testicular pain.

Researchers from  Harvard Medical School filed a case report about a 42-year-old man who tested positive for the virus, after going to hospital with a ‘stabbing pain’ in his testicles.

While doctors could find nothing wrong with his  testicles, and CT scan only showed damage in his lungs, two days later, the man was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Unfortunately, because the man had atypical symptoms, several other patients and doctors may have unknowingly been exposed to the virus.

While it remains unclear whether or not his testicular pain was linked to the virus, other viruses have been known to affect the testicles.

There are certain viruses that can affect the testicles, such as mumps.

In addition to these three symptoms, there are a number of other warning signs that you have the coronavirus.

Loss of sense and smell, physical and mental fatigue, lack of appetite and sore eyes are all reported symptoms of COVID-19.

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