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Are new rashes a cause for concern? (Picture:: BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)Scientists are calling for skin rashes to be added to the list of recognised coronavirus symptoms by the NHS. Researchers from King’s College London claim that skin rashes could be a valuable predictor of the virus which has – at time of writing – killed over 45,000 people in the UK. After conducting a study conducted with Zoe Global Ltd, they found that 8.8 per cent of people who had tested positive for Covid had also reported having a skin rash. Among those who did not take a test, but had experienced at least one classic coronavirus symptom, 8.2 per cent also reported skin rashes. Their findings determined that while coronavirus is primarily a respiratory illness, it also targets multiple organs – including the skin. Visit our live blog for the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveIs there a link between a skin rash and coronavirus? While the latest study – which has not yet been peer-reviewed – seems to suggest a link, it’s worth noting that no other studies of this scale have yet been conducted. The study found that 17% of respondents who tested positive for the virus reported a rash as the first symptom. A medical study has been conducted to examine the link between a skin rash and coronavirus (Picture: Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)From the 27,157 app users who provided swab results, 2,021 (7.4%) tested positive for coronavirus. Of this group, 178 respondents (8.8%) reported skin rashes. Speaking about their findings, lead author Dr Veronique Bataille, consultant dermatologist at St Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College London, said: ‘Many viral infections can affect the skin, so it’s not surprising that we are seeing these rashes in Covid-19.‘However, it is important that people know that in some cases, a rash may be the first or only symptom of the disease.’Skin rashes are not currently stated as a symptom by the NHS or CDC. Doctors have previously reported unexplained skin rashes in coronavirus patients, including a Kawasaki-type disease in children. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a webbrowser thatsupports HTML5videoProfessor Tim Spector, who is running the Covid Symptom Tracker app, has previously voiced concern about a potential link between skin rashes and the deadly bug. Urging doctors to ‘be suspicious,’ that a rash could be an indicator of coronavirus, he reasoned that it was mainly a symptom displayed by children who had contracted Covid-19. Speaking to the Evening Standard, he said: ‘It’s looking like it is predictive of having a positive [coronavirus] test and GPs are unaware of it, so they are sending people away, or NHS 111 is not recognising it as a possible symptom.‘It’s usually in combination [with other symptoms] but it can come on at different times — sometimes after the other symptoms.

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