By now, most people are well-aware of the most common signs and symptoms of a COVID-19 infection, which include a fever, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste and smell, dry cough, and fatigue. However, there is an additional skin condition that could also predict that an individual is suffering from coronavirus, and experts are hoping to make it official. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Body Rash or Rash on Fingers or Toes a 'Key Sign'
According to the British Association of Dermatologists, an overwhelming number of people who are COVID positive are reporting skin manifestations of the virus, ranging from a body rash to an unusual rash on their fingers or toes.
Per the Covid Symptom Study, nine percent of people who were swab-tested for the virus and reported their symptoms on the app, reported one of these types of rashes. The King's College London researchers behind the app maintain that the symptom, which can appear before, during, or after an infection, was a slightly better predictor of a positive swab test than a fever or cough. For 21 percent, rashes were the only sign of infection. They were also twice as common in children as in adults.
Spotting the Rash Can Save Lives—Including Yours
Due to the evidence, and the fact that the WHO has included "a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes" on its list of symptoms for months, the group of UK dermatologists maintain that "rashes are a key symptom of Covid," and should be added to the NHS official list of symptoms. Currently the list only includes "a high temperature," "a new, continuous cough," and "a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste."
"We have asked the government to add a new skin rash to the official NHS list of signs and symptoms of Covid-19, as it will reduce infections and save lives," Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King's College, told The Times.
The CDC also does not have it on its list of official symptoms.
"The association between certain rashes and Covid-19 has become increasingly clear, and being able to recognise these is crucial for reducing the spread of the disease," added Dr. Tanya Bleiker, President of the British Association of Dermatologists. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.