Is Diarrhoea A Symptom Of CORONA VIRUS?

Current studies have revealed that majority of covid-19 symptoms are respiratory though they are also G.l symptoms like Diarrhoea, nausea in covid-19 patients
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With the eruption of Covid-19, the world is trying its best to contain the coronavirus by trying different combinations of medicines and methods. With a lot of theories emerging it is becoming a rapidly evolving situation and we are finding out more and more about the virus day by day. Reports from the concerned organizations like WHO, etc suggest that major symptoms of Covid-19 are respiratory like cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat. And is also a route for viral transmission. But is there another possible route for the transmission of the virus and symptoms.

Diarrhea Is It A Symptom Of CORONA VIRUS?

In addition to the respiratory system symptoms, the researches have mentioned that they have also seen gastrointestinal tract symptoms like Diarrhoea, Nausea, Vomiting in some patients. And interestingly the gastrointestinal symptoms are seen 2-3 days before the respiratory symptoms. In the USA out of 12 patients 10  experienced nausea, diarrhea, and then they were hospitalized. It is mentioned in a research paper by researchers from China that they found strains of live Coronavirus from the stools of patients. Thus it also suggests that the gastrointestinal tract may serve as an alternate route for transmission of the virus. But all diarrhea and nausea are not coronaviruses as there are many potential causes of it. So you need not panic just go through the mentioned procedure in the advisories by organizations.

How Symptoms Of Coronavirus Differ From Flu And Allergies?

The novel coronavirus causing COVID-19 is a new virus more like the common cold, flu’s, and allergies. COVID-19, Flu, colds are all because of viral stuff. Thus there symptoms are mirror images of each other with a very slight difference. In terms of differentiating COVID-19 From Flu and cold it is like handpicking two homogenous materials. Due to which people are confusing common cold, seasonal allergies with COVID-19 creating a panicking situation. However, in spite of the overlap COVID-19 has more similar symptoms similar to flu than the common cold.

SYMPTOMS

COVID-19

FLU

COLD
ALLERGIES
Shortness Of Breath

Yes

No

No

Rare

Fever

Yes (High)

Yes (Mild)

Yes (Often Severe)

No

Cough

Yes (Dry Cough)

Yes (Mild)

Yes (Mild)

Rare

Fatique
Weakness

Yes

Quite Mild

Quite Mild

Quite Mild

Yes 

Rare

Rare

Rare

Rare (Initial Stage)

No

No

No

Rare (initial Stage)

No

No

Rare

Sneezing 

No

Rare

Rare

Yes

Body Ache

Yes

Yes (often Severe)

Rare

Rare

Rare (Initial Stage)

No

No

No

Runny Nose

Rare

Yes

Yes

Yes

Some symptoms require urgent attention like shortness of breath, high fever, dry cough, body ache, weakness. On experiencing the above symptoms one must visit the health center ASAP.

Development Of  Vaccine Against Coronavirus

COVID-19 is caused by a Coronavirus which is a new virus. The 1st strain of the virus was reported in Wuhan back in December starting or November ending.  Back then the virus has proven to be highly contagious and held responsible for taking many lives. Making the coronavirus outbreak the most life-threatening until now. Within 4-5 months coronavirus has made many countries suffer claiming thousands of lives

As the number of cases is increasing exponentially with over 2 lakh cases being reported daily, the end of the pandemic is nowhere near. Teams of scientists around the world are racing to develop a vaccine to put a full stop to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The excitement of a vaccine has reached to highest flashpoint as every small and big nation is terrified due to its detrimental impact. With the world in desperate need of a vaccine, several countries are trying every bit possible to make it happen.

In the ongoing thrive, Russia has claimed to finish the human trails of the Covid-19 vaccine. Chief researcher Elena Smolyarchuk, who heads the Center for Clinical Research on Medications at Sechenov University, told Russian news agency TASS that the human trials for the vaccine have been completed at the university and they will be discharged soon. Though after the claim, doubts surround Russia’s coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V. Despite the criticism from health officials Russia announced that it has already produced the 1st batch of its vaccine.

The University of Oxford has developed a vaccine ‘chAdOx1 nCoV-19’. The vaccine uses a weakened strain of the common cold virus and is combined with the genetic material of the SARS-CoV-2. The vaccine is currently in phase 3 of its trails conducted across the UK, US, Brazi, and South Africa. Trails are expected to be conducted in India in partnership with the Serum Institute of India by August end. It is considered to be launched for the public in 2020 will be most likely available for public deployment by 2021, as per the reports.

In the US, the Massachusetts- based biotech company Moderna has developed as an RNA based vaccine in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Institute Disease. Moderna was the 1st to conduct human testing of its vaccine. The results of Phase I and phase II clinical trials show that the vaccine is safe and provoked immune responses. The Volunteers who got two doses of vaccine had high levels of virus-killing antibodies that exceeded the average levels seen in people who had recovered from COVID-19. Phase III has been conducted from 27 July with the results awaits now. Moderna said that the company is on track to deliver about 500 million doses per year, and possibly up to 1 billion doses per year, starting in 2021.

Sinovac Biotech, a Chinese Biopharmaceutical company, claimed to successfully test the potential vaccine dubbed as PiCoVacc on monkeys. Phase and II of clinical trials held in Indonesia reveals the vaccine is appeared to be safe and induced detectable antibody-based immune responses in subjects. The candidate vaccine, known as CoronaVac, is among a few potential vaccines that have entered late-stage trails. And is currently undergoing a late-stage trial in brazil.

In India, currently, there are 3 different vaccines tested at different stages. Phase I and phase II of tow of them, developed indigenously by Bharat biotech, in collaboration with the Indian Council Of Medical Research(ICMR) and Zydus Cadia Ltd.

Serum Institute Of India has been permitted for conducting Phase I and phase II human trials of the third vaccine candidate developed by Oxford University.

Conclusion

If you see any of the menti0ned symptoms visit your doctor without any delay. The recovery rate from coronavirus is very good so one should not panic. At the same time, please take the necessary precautions and stop spreading fake news & educate your acquaintance about the virus. Stay safe

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