"Covid language": an epidemiologist has identified a new symptom of the coronavirus

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A British epidemiologist posted on Twitter a photo of a Covid-19 positive patients tongue covered in white spots. It could be a new symptom of the disease.

Fever, cough, fatigue, body aches, loss of taste and smell, diarrhea, respiratory problems, all the symptoms of Covid-19 that people now have in mind. Although these are the most common symptoms, doctors and researchers have been observing the appearance of new characteristic signs of the disease for several months: skin rash, discoloration of the fingers, conjunctivitis, etc.

Tim Spector, an epidemiologist at Kings College London, posted on his Twitter account on January 13 a snapshot of the tongue of a Covid-19 positive patient stained white. The scientist called this phenomenon the "COVID language."

"One in five people with Covid still has less common symptoms that are not on Public Health Englands official list, such as rashes. I see a growing number of Covid tongues and strange mouth ulcers. If you have a strange symptom or even just headache and fatigue, stay home ", explains the teacher.

A Lasting Symptom of Covid-19?

According to the epidemiologist, the "COVID tongue" is an enduring sign of Covid-19 and could even persist long after recovery. "More photos come from the mysterious language associated with a variety of diseases. But now it is also reported with Covid and can last for weeks or months," he assures in another Tweet. Tim Spector is the director of the ZOE COVID Symptom Study app, a platform that allows patients to report all of their symptoms, from the most common to the most unusual.

Several scientific studies have evoked symptoms that affect the mouth of patients in recent months. This is particularly the case of a Spanish study published last July in the JAMA Network journal that reported that 6 of 21 patients had an enanthema, a localized rash in the mouth. The work published by British researchers in the journal Nature in June 2020 reported "three reported cases in which oral ulcers or blisters are detected in patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19."

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