The ‘unusual’ sign of COVID infection in the toilet – do you check your poo?

COVID-19 is an infectious disease that has been confirmed in almost 40 million people across the world, while more than one million have died from the virus. If you develop any of the key coronavirus symptoms, you should get tested for the infection straight away.

The UK has seen a rise in the number of coronavirus cases over the past few weeks.

Around 10 million people across the country have been put into local lockdowns, in a bid to stop the rising spread of the infection.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has now ordered all pubs and restaurants to shut at 10pm, while nobody should meet with more than five other people for the foreseeable future.

You may be at risk of the deadly virus if you develop unexplained diarrhoea, it’s been revealed.

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“Fever, cough and shortness of breath are not the only warning signs of a coronavirus infection, even if they are the most common,” it said.

“In recent months a growing number of doctors have documented a handful of otherwise unexpected symptoms in patients with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

“COVID-19 is producing symptoms of diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and appetite loss in a number of patients young and old.

“The virus can directly infect the cells that line the gastrointestinal tract, which is why some patients can test positive for the virus with a stool sample, even if results from a nasal swab come back negative.”

A high fever, a new cough, and a change to your sense of smell or taste are the most common early coronavirus symptoms, according to the NHS.

In the UK, you should only get tested for the infection if you develop any of these symptoms.

Some patients have also reported a sore throat, headaches, and even hiccups, on top of the more common signs.

More than 42,000 people have died from coronavirus in the UK.