Since the pandemic has taken over the world, every sickness and illness seems to be associated with the novel coronavirus. On one hand, it can be dangerous. On contrary, the newness and unknown strand of this virus have created a situation of chaos and mayhem. Everyone at this time is trying to keep themselves protected from the virus while ensuring if they have contracted the virus, they do not become an agent to spread it.
The researchers are trying their best to come up with a final solution to fix the chaos. However, until today though we may have been successful in developing a coronavirus vaccine, we are not yet close to defeating the coronavirus. This is why; all of us must still take precautionary measures and keep ourselves safe as much as possible.
Moving forward, similar to routine questions about the signs and symptoms of the COVID-19, another question is hovering around the internet, is nausea a coronavirus symptom? To answer this question, read on to know what the statistics highlight about it.
Is Nausea a coronavirus symptom? What do the statistics say?
When the medical practitioners saw vomiting and nausea getting common among the COVID-19 patients, researchers started to conduct studies and warn the public about a new symptom of the novel Sars-Cov-2.
One of the earliest studies that were conducted in Wuhan suggests that vomiting and nausea were common in 253 patients out of 1141 hospitalized positive cases of the COVID-19. To break down, 134 patients experienced nausea that makes around 11.7%, and 119 patients suffered vomiting which makes around 10.4 %.
Similarly, another multicenter cohort study was conducted in the United States. It consisted of 318 hospitalized patients with positive coronavirus status. The results showed 26.4 % of patients experienced nausea and 15.4 % suffered vomiting.
To make the findings more appropriate and quantitative, American Gastroenterological Association performed a meta-analysis that showed 7.8% of positive COVID-19 cases experienced nausea and vomiting. Following this analysis, Mao.et.al also conducted a systematic review. The results showed that the reported rate of the COVID-19 patients experienced nausea and vomiting was 7%, similar to the AGA’s findings.
Moreover, when the statistics were compared with China and other countries, the rates were far higher in other places than in China. In China, only 5.2% of the COVID-19 positive population experienced vomiting and nausea, as compared to 14.9% in other places.
Statistics of Nausea and vomiting common among children with positive Covid-19?
Not only adults, but even children also tend to show nausea and vomiting as the COVID-19 symptoms. Usually, children who are COVID-19 positive showed mild signs of the virus.
A cohort study of 171 children with positive COVID-19 symptoms highlighted 20 children showed signs of vomiting and nausea. Out of those 20 children, 11 children (6.4%) showed signs of nausea, whereas nine children (5.3%) showed signs of vomiting.
Moreover, American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported the highest figures of 11%, i.e. 31 children out of 291 showed signs of nausea and vomiting.
Furthermore, a systematic review of 62 studies suggests that the children experiencing nausea and vomiting is similar to adults with 7.2%. During these studies, it was also concluded that nausea and vomiting could be initial symptoms of the COVID-19 in children.
In the light of the above-mentioned statistical data, we can easily say that if you are experiencing nausea and vomiting along with other minor symptoms of the COVID-19, there are chances you may have contracted the virus. However, before coming to any conclusion, you must consult your doctor.