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CORONAVIRUS is continuing its deadly spread and each of us is on high alert for the symptoms that could mean we’ve been infected.
With more than 383,000 people struck down with the illness globally, experts are beginning to understand more about the new disease.
There are some lesser-known coronavirus symptoms that shouldn’t ignoreCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Health experts have said that the early warning signs include a dry cough, high temperature and fatigue.
It’s understood that some may also experience breathing difficulties, which is when hospital treatment may be needed.
But there are also lesser-known mild symptoms that a number of people have reported experiencing.
Here are some indicators from those who have already had the illness…
1. Tummy ache
A bad stomach might be more associated with bugs like norovirus.
But some Covid-19 patients have reported experiencing tummy ache just before developing the other known symptoms.
A new study, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, suggests people might experience digestive issues, such as diarrhoea, when they are infected with coronavirus.
Researchers analysed data from 204 patients with Covid-19 in Chinas Hubei province and they discovered that 48.5 per cent of these patients arrived at the hospital with digestive symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting or abdominal pain.
Isla Haslam, 29, from Balham, South West London, was someone who also experienced stomach troubles whilst battling coronavirus.
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She told The Sun Online that on the second day she woke up with a dodgy stomach – but at the time put it down to her dinner of lentils and beans the night before.
But by the following day, she had developed a tickle in her throat and felt exhausted.
The public relations consultant said she tried to power through the day but took herself off to bed early.
She said: “Waking up in the middle of the night, I noticed my nose was blocked and I felt horrific. My body ached severely, I felt so heavy and was sweating with a fever.
“Things were not looking good. I struggled to sleep due to the intense body aches I never felt anything like this before.”
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2. Loss of taste and smell
Doctors have warned that a loss of taste or smell could also be another sign of coronavirus.
The British Association of Otorhinolaryngology, which represents experts in ear, nose and throat medicine, said that those who lose these senses should self-isolate immediately – even if you have no other symptoms.
They added that the eye infection conjunctivitis may also be another sign.
In a statement, the docs said: “Evidence from other countries that the entry point for the coronavirus is often in the eyes, nose and throat areas.
“We have also identified a new symptom (loss of sense of smell and taste) that may mean that people without other symptoms but with just the loss of this sense may have to self-isolate – again to reduce the spread of the virus.”
It’s thought that losing the ability to smell or taste could be due to the virus destroying cells in the nose and throat.
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Experts say it’s something people can commonly experience after having other types of coronaviruses – such as the common cold.
Prof Carl Philpott, of the Norwich Medical School at UEA, said: “Coronaviruses have previously been associated with what we refer to as post-viral olfactory loss this is smell loss that persists after a cold.
“There are many respiratory viruses that can potentially cause problems with the smell receptors.
“So far with Covid-19, the smell loss appears to be transient but only as time elapses will we know how many people have a more permanent loss.”
Ryan Van Waterschoot, who ended up in hospital for 10 days while he fought Covid-19, is one of those who lost his sense of taste and smell.
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The 28-year-old said: “I didnt think I was going to make it out of the hospital. I thought it was the end of the road for me.
Mr Van Waterschoot, of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, first felt unwell on March 6 when he lost his sense of taste and smell and, and went from feeling tired to not being able to move in just one day.
As his condition worsened, he called the doctors and was immediately advised to call an ambulance on March 12.
His temperature had soared and he was taken to Peterborough City Hospital where he was put on an isolation ward and needed oxygen for five days.
He is now at home recovering but has warned people to stay at home and follow government advice.
3. Brain fog
Some people may experience brain fog, also known as mental fatigue, as another symptom of coronavirus.
It’s not been officially looked into as a symptom but it’s another indicator that those who have experienced the illness have reported experiencing.
Thea Jourdan, 50, said she didn’t experience a cough or fever – instead her introduction to Covid-19 began with a tickle in her throat and a dull headache,.
The mum-of-three, from Hampshire, says she then started to experience brain fog.
She told the Daily Mail: “Initially I felt exhausted, as if I was dragging myself through treacle and had no choice but to go to my bed. I had no meaningful cough and I wasnt running a fever.
“But I had a peculiar sensation of something settling deep within my lungs, almost like breathing in talcum powder.
“I also had brain fog. I was unable even to fill out forms from the childrens schools. I just wanted to sleep.”
Another woman, who had recently recovered from Covid-19, told the Huffington Post that she too had experienced the unusual mental block before her symptoms worsened.
Christy, from Seattle, said her illness started with a multi-day fever that progressed into sinus congestion, a headache and a debilitating brain fog that made it impossible to focus.
She added: Its not just a cold.  Im pretty healthy and not old (in my 40s), and it kicked my a**.
4. Fatigue
Another symptom that coronavirus patients have reported is feeling extremely fatigued before symptoms develop.
According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, up to 44 per cent of those hospitalised with Covid-19 reported exhaustion and fatigue.
Chiara DiGiallorenzo, 25, has been battling Covid-19 since March 6, said her illness started with a fever and fatigue.
But she knew it was more serious than a flu when she developed a tightness in her chest that left her short of breath.
Chiara, from Miami, told HuffPo: It is not the flu, adding that many people who get it are left fighting for air.
Linda Carr, 69, from Hethersett, Norfolk, said that around a fortnight ago she lost her sense of taste and smell.
She told the Mail she then developed other symptoms, adding: “I felt very sick and terribly fatigued. But I didnt have a temperature or a cough.
“Within two days I could barely stand. I didnt have the energy to lift one foot in front of the other.”
It was only when she went to her GP to collect some unrelated blood tests that she had her temperature taken and was told it was so high she should go straight to hospital.
She tested positive for Covid-19 and spent five days in hospital before being discharged.
Linda says she is still feeling weak and remains in isolation at home.
What to do if you feel unwell
Those who develop minor symptoms such as a high temperature or continuous cough should self-isolate for seven days.
If you live with others, you should also stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person started showing symptoms.
Anyone with suspected coronavirus who becomes seriously ill should call 111 and in a medical emergency always call 999.
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