People who develop a rash, hives or chilblains advised should self-isolate


LONDON: Experts have urged people who develop unusual dermatological symptoms amid the coronavirus outbreak to self-isolate. Fever and a dry persistent cough are considered the tell-tale signs of infection. Draconian measures mean Britons must self-isolate entirely at home for seven days if they develop either of these warning signs.

Coronavirus sufferers have complained of a host of other discomforts, however, including headache, diarrhoea and a loss of smell or taste. Hospital reports from throughout Europe – once considered the epicentre of the pandemic – reveal patients are developing hives, chilblains, and even black-crusted pus-filled lesions on their hands and feet.

While it may sound far-fetched that a respiratory infection could lead to dermatological symptoms, one doctor argued that by triggering an immune response, any part of the body can theoretically be affected.

Early research suggests the coronavirus is mild in four out of five cases, however, it can cause a respiratory disease called COVID-19. For some this occurred at the onset of the disease, while others developed skin irritation in hospital. Three patients suffered hives all over their body.

Concerns the coronavirus may trigger skin irritation were first raised by a doctor from the Alessandro Manzoni Hospital in Lecco, Italy. The medic reported how one in five (20%) of the hospital’s COVID-19 patients developed a “cutaneous manifestation”.