A high temperature, a new continuous cough, a sore throat? We know the warning signals for Covid well enough by now. It’s engrained into us. But there’s a new symptom to be aware of: around one in five vaccinated Britons with the Omicron and Delta strains are reporting diarrhoea as a symptom for Covid-19.
According to data gathered by the ZOE Health Study app, diarrhoea is now a common symptom of Covid for vaccinated Britons. Their report says diarrhoea could be an early symptom of the virus, starting on the first day of infection and getting worse as the virus continues. ‘It usually lasts for an average of two to three days, but can last up to seven days in adults,’ the researchers said.
However, a spokesperson from the app said that there seemed to be a ‘wave of other non-Covid tummy bugs going around too’. NHS advice says that diarrhoea is common in adults, and the most important thing to do is to stay hydrated.
So, if you have diarrhoea along with other common Covid symptoms, like a high temperature, a new cough and a loss or change of your sense of taste or smell, be sure to take a Covid test (and follow government guidelines if you test positive).