Researchers from King's College London have indicated that having a rash could potentially be the only indication that you have COVID-19. In additon to a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, and the loss of taste and smell, early research suggests that, "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. Recognising rashes is important in identifying new and earlier COVID-19 cases."
In their findings - which are still awaiting peer review (science speak for independent adjudication) - 8.8 per cent of the 336,847 UK users of the COVID Symptom Study app who tested positive reported either a body rash or an acral rash. Read the study here.
This follows a peer-reviewed paper published in the British Journal of Dermatology in May where researchers in Spain lead by Dr Ignacio Garcia-Doval reported five different rashes associated with their COVID patients. Read the study here.