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'COVID-19 a disease with 'a thousand faces'

Public campaign: Jakarta Public Order officials carry posters calling on residents to comply with the government-imposed health protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic during rush hour in Senayan, South Jakarta, on Monday.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)
News Desk (The Jakarta Post)
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Jakarta   ●   Mon, October 12 2020

COVID-19 is a disease with a thousand faces, Andika Chandra Putra, a pulmonologist from Persahabatan General Hospital (RSUP Persahabatan), has said, noting its symptoms shared similarities with many different diseases.

“Honestly, [COVID-19] is very confusing. We as physicians are confounded,” Andika said Friday as quoted by tempo.co.

The symptoms shown by COVID-19 patients include not only a cold, shortness of breath and pneumonia, but also diarrhea, vomiting, numbness, hiccups, skin rash and pink eye. Some patients even show symptoms similar to strokes and loss of consciousness like that of a brain disorder.

Andika went on to explain that these symptoms occurred because COVID-19 receptors not only appeared in the respiratory tract, but also in the digestive, eye, skin and brain tracts.

As a result, symptoms occur in the tra...

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