The Steve McDonald actor, 45, took to Twitter on Thursday (April 9) to tell his followers he has the deadly flu-like bug.Simon explained that he was out of bed for the first time since coming down with COVID-19, which he said gave him "gastric" symptoms.
Urging his followers to be safe, he tweeted: "First day out of bed today, starting to feel a little better after contracting the virus.
"My main symptom was gastric and still is bloody awful, but lucky to not have respiratory. Stay safe everyone x."
His followers replied with messages of support, as one said: "Get well soon, Simon."
Another wrote: "Wishing you a full and speedy recovery, sir."
A third told him: "Hope you feel much better soon. Take care xx."
Get well soon Simon
— Ollie Lake (@OllieLake3) April 9, 2020
Wishing you a full and speedy recovery, sir.
— John Hughes (@hughesjg) April 9, 2020
Hope you feel much better soon. Take care xx
— Bernadette ╪ GBTT🦋 (@BernadetteGBTT) April 9, 2020
But others were confused by Simon's reported symptoms.
"Gastric problems, not heard that being a symptom of the virus," said one follower.
First day out of bed today.
Someone else responded: "What were your symptoms, Simon? Not heard of Gastric symptoms."
"I'm not saying you don't have it," tweeted another. "But gastric symptoms are not symptoms that we have been told? Maybe you don't have corona but a stomach bug. Whichever it is, hope you feel better soon."
I wondered that and gastric problems, not heard that being a symptom of the virus
— jennifer anne james (@crochetjenny) April 9, 2020
What were your symptoms Simon . Not heard of Gastric symptoms x
— lindsay (@lindsay_67) April 9, 2020
I'm.not saying you dont have it, but gastric symptoms are not symptoms that we have been told? Maybe you don't have Corona but a stomach bug.
Whichever it is, hope you feel better soon.
— Louise (@LouiseLB1986) April 9, 2020
The NHS explains on its website that the main symptoms of coronavirus, which is a respiratory disease, are a persistent cough and high temperature.
But there have been reports of gastric issues in COVID-19 patients.
As reported by Business Insider, a study published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology examined 204 coronavirus patients in China.
It found that over half of them said they experienced digestive symptoms. These included diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and a lack of appetite.
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