The common symptoms of COVID-19 include fevers, shortness of breath and a dry cough. As we learn more about this novel coronavirus, we see that there are also skin manifestations of COVID-19.
The most common skin finding with COVID 19 are “COVID toes.” Early on in the disease process, affected people may notice a bruise-like, frost bitten appearance to their fingers and toes. In addition to the “COVID toes,” other skin presentations of COVID may include a diffuse red rash, hives, or a chicken pox like rash. If you notice a rash similar to those noted in the photos, please seek medical care immediately.
COVID-19 and Children
Previous COVID19 data has suggested that most children only get mild disease due to the novel coronavirus. However, new studies suggest that, while rare, children may also experience severe disease due to COVID19 known as Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS). It can present with a fever lasting more than 24 hours, abdominal pain, diarrhea, excessive drowsiness, full body rash, red tongue with a strawberry like appearance or with conjunctivitis. If you notice that your child has these symptoms, please call the pediatrician immediately (WHO Reference).
While PMIS is extremely rare, it stresses the importance of continuing to protect ourselves and family. Please be sure to continue practicing social distancing, wearing a mask in public and washing hands.