A new study conducted in King’s College found out that COVID-19 might show up on the skin first for some people, or those not showcasing other typical symptoms of the viral infection and therefore, should be treated as an important diagnostic tool for the same.
To collate the data, a survey was done on 336,000 people across the UK. The data for the same was collected using a COVID app. It was observed that 8.8% of people found positive for the virus listed skin rash as a symptom.
Similar results were seen in a further 8.2% of users with a rash who did not have a coronavirus test, but still reported classic COVID-19 symptoms, such as cough, fever or anosmia (loss of smell).
The researchers also conducted an evaluation on a pool of 12000 candidates suspected to be COVID+ and skin rashes. Interestingly, among these, nearly 17% reported spotting a rash as a primary symptom of the infection and 1 in 5 tested said that having a skin abnormality was the only sign they experienced.