‘COVID toes’? DOH looking into reportedly ‘new’ coronavirus symptoms

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Posted at Apr 28 2020 08:33 PM | Updated as of Apr 28 2020 10:43 PM

This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 — also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19 — isolated from a patient in the U.S. Virus particles are shown emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus particles give coronaviruses their name, crown-like. Credit: NIAID-RML

MANILA—The Department of Health is looking into new symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) reported in the United States, which include skin discoloration in feet and toes, an official said Tuesday.

“Patuloy ang pagkakalap ng impormasyon ng kagawaran tungkol sa COVID-19 lalo’t na bago ang sakit na ito at marami pa tayong kailangan pag-aralan tungkol dito,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a televised briefing. 

“Pinag-aaralan ng ating mga eksperto sa Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at ‘yung ating technical working group ng DOH kung ito’y maaaring sintomas ng COVID at kami po ay magbibigay ng bagong rekomendasyon at guidelines ayon po sa maikakalap naming ebidensiya,” she added.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added new coronavirus symptoms to its list as experts continue to understand the disease.

Symptoms include fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and a loss of taste or smell.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 that may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus are cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, the CDC earlier said.

The agency also urged the public to seek medical attention for “troubled breathing, persistent pain or pressure on chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, and bluish lips or face.”

In a report on CTV News, the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program (CPSP) also warned the public about bluish-red and purple lesions found on children’s feet and hands, tagged as “COVID toes,” as a possible sign of COVID-19 infection.

The World Health Organization (WHO), in its advisory, said the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. 

“Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, sore throat or diarrhea,” it added.

The UN health agency said about one out of five people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing.

“Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart and lung problems, diabetes, or cancer , are at higher risk of developing serious illness. However anyone can catch COVID-19 and become seriously ill,” it added.

To date, the Philippines has tallied 7,958 coronavirus infections. The figure includes 530 fatalities and 975 people who recovered from the disease.