COVID Toes is a symptom that has been grabbing headlines lately, so we asked Matt Gratton, M.D. about it. Dr. Gratton said that the symptom, which is being described as a rash, is not very common right now among COVID-19 patients. He also explained that people often get rashes with viral infections. While health officials may still not know for sure why these rashes are happening in COVID patients, doctors say rashes like this are just another way the body can respond to a virus.
The symptoms people really need to be on the lookout for are listed below. While the Centers for Disease Control initially listed COVID-19 symptoms as cough, shortness of air and fever, new symptoms have been added to the list.
According to the CDC, symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
Or at least two of these symptoms:
According to Dr. Gratton, a significant number of people have also experienced nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
“Almost all of these symptoms can be called ‘flu-like’ and are similar to seasonal flu,” Dr. Gratton said. Although he reminds us, “COVID-19 has a higher likelihood of causing serious illness, including hospitalization and death.”
So, what should you do if you have symptoms that concern you? Dr. Gratton suggests the following options:
Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.