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‘COVID tongue’ is the newest COVID-19 symptom

What is COVID tongue?

Dakota Sliva administers a COVID-19 test to a patient as University of Utah Health’s Wellness Bus visits the Sorenson Multicultural Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Researchers have unveiled a potential new symptom of COVID-19 — “Covid tongue.”
Dakota Sliva administers a COVID-19 test to a patient as University of Utah Health’s Wellness Bus visits the Sorenson Multicultural Center in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Researchers have unveiled a potential new symptom of COVID-19 — “COVID tongue.”
Yukai Peng, Deseret News

Researchers have unveiled a potential new symptom of COVID-19 — “COVID tongue.”

What’s going on?

A British researcher recently said there have been more reported cases of people experiencing tongue discoloration, enlargement and other mouth issues.

  • The researcher — Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London — called the experience “COVID tongue.”
  • “Seeing increasing numbers of COVID tongues and strange mouth ulcers. If you have a strange symptom or even just headache and fatigue stay at home!” he said.

Spector said that more than one-third of COVID-19 patients — close to 35% — have had non-classic symptoms in the first three days of infection.

  • He said COVID-19 toes, skin rashes and other warning signs shouldn’t be ignored.
  • “It’s a good reminder that there are so many different manifestations of this virus rather than just the classical ones,” Spector told NBC News.

More unique COVID-19 issues

Back in December, several experts identified a rare consequence of the novel coronavirus — your teeth falling out, as well as aggravated dental problems, according to The New York Times.

COVID-19 survivors have reported seeing tooth loss as a result of the virus, The New York Times reported.

  • “Gum disease is very sensitive to hyper-inflammatory reactions, and COVID long haulers certainly fall into that category,” Scherer told The New York Times.

“COVID toes” was another symptom that was reported back in April, which I wrote about for the Deseret News. These were explained as a “presence of purple or blue lesions on a patient’s feet and toes,” according to USA Today.