Doctors have identified a new symptom for those who are infected with the coronavirus and have COVID-19 — “COVID toes.”
What are COVID toes?
- “COVID toes” are identified when there is a “presence of purple or blue lesions on a patient’s feet and toes,” according to USA Today.
- Dr. Ebbing Lautenbach, chief of infectious disease at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine, said the toes will be painful to touch and could leave someone with a hot burning sensation, too, according to USA Today.
- “COVID toes” can disappear within a week to 10 days.
- The symptom is often seen in children and young adults more than any other age group.
- Experts have described the symptom as having frostbite-like areas on their feet.
Why it matters:
- Experts find the symptom a little confusing and puzzling thus far since the symptom often appears on people who don’t have any other symptoms, too.
- According to ABC News, “COVID toes” suggest “the skin could be a kind of window about what may be happening with COVID-19 inside the body.”
- “COVID toes” joins other odd symptoms for the coronavirus, including the loss of smell and taste, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.
- Claire Hopkins, president of the British Rhinological Society, told The New York Times: “We really want to raise awareness that this is a sign of infection and that anyone who develops loss of sense of smell should self-isolate. It could contribute to slowing transmission and save lives.”