While it is well known that common symptoms of Covid are fatigue, sore throat and headache, another widespread symptom is mentioned among patients.
According to data collected by the ZOE Health Study app, diarrhea is a common symptom of Covid for vaccinated Britons.
Data shows that there was an increase in the number of people reporting this symptom in January 2022, some of which was related to the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
However, the ZOE team pointed out that a “wave of other non-Covid stomach bugs also appeared to be circulating”.
The team said diarrhea can be an early symptom of the virus, starting on the first day of infection and getting worse over the week.
“It usually lasts an average of two to three days, but can last up to seven days in adults,” the ZOE team said.
The data showed that this symptom was less common with each variant, as nearly a third of adults over the age of 35 reported having diarrhea during the Alpha wave, while only one in five said they had it during the Omicron and Omicron wave. experienced delta waves.
The people who experienced it during the last two waves had either been vaccinated twice or had also received their booster shot.
The NHS says that diarrhea is common in adults, and the most important thing to do is to stay hydrated.
The health service also advises to stay at home and get enough rest and eat when you feel like it.
If you have diarrhea along with other common Covid symptoms, such as a high temperature, a new cough, and a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell, be sure to take a Covid test and follow government guidelines if you test positive.