Before Covid, other bugs such as noravirus and rotavirus were the main causes of diarrhoea. But the ZOE Health Study app, which collected information about Covid from millions of users, has warned that the toilet issue is also a common sign of Covid in fully vaccinated people. It found that one in five people infected with Delta or Omicron variants who were vaccinated twice or three times experienced diarrhoea.
The health app explained: “Diarrhoea is an early sign of Covid, starting on the first day of infection and building in intensity during the first week.
“It usually lasts for an average of two to three days, but can last up to seven days in adults.”
Some people can suffer from this toilet trouble for longer than this, which appears to be “commonly reported in people with long Covid”.
But diarrhoea is not the only symptom that the fully vaccinated can experience.
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Two days ago, the app listed this current ranking of the most common symptoms after two vaccinations:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Blocked nose
- Persistent cough
People who have been double vaxxed may still experience original Government-listed symptoms, such as a loss of smell, shortness of breath and fever although they’re less common than at the start of the pandemic.
Loss of smell ranks 6th on the ZOE list while shortness of breath is 29th and fever is ranked 8th.
Diarrhoea sufferers should also take in lots of fluids, including water or squash. Drinking fruit juice and fizzy drinks can make it worse, however.
It also warned that these people should not prepare food for others, if possible or share towels, flannels, cutlery or utensils.
They also shouldn’t go swimming until 2 weeks after symptoms finish.
The latest variant
The World Health Organisation stated on Wednesday that a new Omicron subvariant called XBB has been detected in 26 countries, without identifying which ones.
An infectious disease expert from UC Berkely in the US told the San Francisco Chronicle: “We are seeing a slew of new variants that are using a similar approach to survive — they are finding ways to evade the way we get immunity from vaccines and previous infection with changes on the spike protein.”
“XBB is no different from the others.”
The variant, which has been confirmed in Australia, Singapore, Denmark and Japan, was first spotted in India in August, according to a statement from Singapore’s health ministry published on the 15th of October.
Although double vaccinated people can still develop symptoms, are continuing to urge people to get vaccinated. Doctor Mary Ramsay, director of public health programmes at the UK Health Security agency explained that they provide the “best protection against severe disease and hospitalisation this winter and it’s never too late to take up your first dose.”