Skin rashes are the ONLY symptoms that one in five Covid-19 patients present with, alarming images reveal
- 21% of people who have Covid develop a rash as their only symptom of infection
- 17% get a rash first and then get other symptoms later on as disease progresses
- Rashes show as hives, bumps or swelling and occur across the whole body
PUBLISHED: 13:31 GMT, 16 March 2021 | UPDATED: 14:32 GMT, 16 March 2021
From a high fever to a dry cough, coronavirus is known to be associated with a range of unpleasant symptoms.
Now, new data shows that for one in five people who catch Covid-19, their only symptom is a skin rash.
In a further 17 per cent of cases a rash is the first symptom before others develop later.
The rashes manifest in various ways, including as hives or raised lumps. They have been recorded across the entire body.
The data comes from the ZOE symptom tracker app run by King’s College London (KCL) researchers which has been operational Covid throughout the pandemic.
ZOE data found people who tested positive for Covid were 67 per cent more likely to develop a rash than someone who was uninfected.
A further independent study was done on 11,544 people who were asked to also provide pictures of their rashes.
‘Strikingly, among the respondents of the independent online survey, we found that one per cent of SARS‐CoV‐2‐positive cases reported skin rashes as the first presentation, and 21 per cent as the only clinical sign of COVID‐19,’ the researchers write.
The images are categorised based on the sort of rash they are, and include ‘Covid digits’, ‘purpuric’, ‘oral’ and ‘uticarial’.
The rashes manifest in various ways, including as hives or raised lumps. They have been recorded across the entire body .
‘Skin rashes cluster with other COVID‐19 symptoms, are predictive of a positive swab test, and occur in a significant number of cases, either alone or before other classical symptoms,’ the researchers write.