GUWAHATI: Coronavirus-infected patients are showing unusual symptoms of the virus, including abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and even a cold, as health experts said infection detected among the youth during the second wave has been a matter of concern.
According to Dr Swapnav Borthakur, deputy medical superintendent, and nodal officer for Covid-19 at Down Town Hospital, the newer, mutating Covid strain variants are said to be stronger and generating the capability to cause more symptoms and attack the vital organs. The current scenario, which has emerged from hospitals across India, people testing positive for the virus are also reporting different viral symptoms, unlike the classic signs and symptoms of Covid-19.
Borthakur said, “Other symptoms increasingly seen here among Covid patients include joint pain, myalgia (muscle weakness), low backache, dizziness, rash, gastrointestinal manifestations (rumbling of the stomach/diarrhoea), conjunctivitis, weakness and loss of appetite.”
Dr Bhaskar Neog, consultant, geriatric medicine at Hayat hospital, Guwahati, expressed concerns that this time, it has started to affect the youth more as compared to last year when it was mainly targeting the older age groups. “Working in a corporate hospital with good infrastructure and facilities, we have come across and treated almost more than 800 covid patients since the last year. This time, the scenario is a bit different, patients have presented with more disease severity with different symptoms, unusual symptoms such as diarrhoea, body ache, rashes and conjunctivitis, and the patients that we have come across have presented with a very short duration of time since the onset of symptoms,” he added.
“Those patients (who got vaccinated) have reported milder forms and lesser duration of hospital stay. I, therefore, urge everyone eligible to come forward and get vaccinated against the disease,” Neog added.