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Coronavirus warning – the ‘intense’ rash that could be a sign of COVID-19

Coronavirus is an infectious disease that has been confirmed in more than 20 million people across the world. You could be at risk of the deadly infection if you notice the sudden appearance of an itchy rash, it's been revealed.

The UK-wide lockdown is slowly being eased, as shoppers are now allowed to explore the high-street in England, provided they remain socially-distanced.

You can also visit someone else's garden, as long as there aren't more than six people in the garden at once, and you can now go inside other people's houses.

But the government has still advised the public to remain at home as much as possible, in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.

You could be at risk of coronavirus if you find an intense rash on your skin.

Some COVID patients may develop a hive-type rash, according to the COVID Symptom Study app.

The rash includes the appearance of small bumps on the skin, which tend to come and go.

Patients usually find that the backs of their feet and hands are the first to become itchy.

It may be that this rash is the very sign of a coronavirus infection, it added.

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"Researchers discovered that 8.8% of people reporting a positive coronavirus swab test had experienced a skin rash as part of their symptoms, compared with 5.4% of people with a negative test result," it said.

"Sudden appearance of raised bumps on the skin which come and go quite quickly over hours and are usually very itchy [is associated with COVID-19].

"It can involve any part of the body, and often starts with intense itching of the palms or soles, and can cause swelling of the lips and eyelids.

"These rashes can present quite early on in the infection, but can also last a long time afterwards."


The rash is similar to hives; a common condition that affects people of all ages.

Hives can appear as large raised patches, or red spots that come in a number of different shapes and sizes.

But, just because you have hives, it doesn't necessarily mean that you have coronavirus.

Your rash is more likely to be caused by COVID if it's accompanied by any of the more common warning signs of the infection.

Anybody that feels hot to the touch on their chest or back could be showing early coronavirus symptoms.

Similarly, anyone that's been coughing more than usual for longer than a one-hour period, or if they've had at least three coughing episodes every 24 hours, should self-isolate.

Some patients have also reported a sore throat, headaches, and even hiccups.

More than 46,000 people have died from coronavirus in the UK.



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