To understand and make better treatment decisions for COVID-19 patients, knowing the order is important. This may help people in deciding if they should self-isolate and if they should then how sooner should they do it, this helps the doctor rule out other diseases. This order is very much helpful and especially important to know when there are overlapping cycles of illnesses like the flu that coincide with infections of COVID-19.
Fever and cough are frequently associated with other respiratory illnesses, including the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). But the symptoms in the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract set COVID-19 apart. The order of the symptoms in a disease matter because each illness progresses differently.
The upper GI tract seems to be affected before the lower GI tract (i.e., diarrhea) in COVID-19. It means that the nausea or vomiting will appear before diarrhea. This means that doctors can identify sooner whether someone is infected with COVID-19. This can help the doctors make better treatment decisions and protect the spread of the virus.
Scientists predicted this order by comparing early COVID cases in China to the cases that occurred later in the pandemic. Given that there are better approaches to the treatment of the infection, identifying the patients earlier could reduce hospitalization time too.
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