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Despite there being more than four million COVID-19 cases worldwide, doctors are still learning about the way the disease attacks the body. The symptoms the public was originally told to look out for are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. But last month, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention added six additional symptoms to its checklist for the virus, including chills, sore throat and loss of smell and taste.
As the Washington Post reports on Monday, it has become abundantly clear that what was thought to be a respiratory illness can in fact have a range of potentially deadly bodily effects.
“We don’t know why there are so many disease presentations,” Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, told the Post. “Bottom line, this is just so new that there’s a lot we don’t know.”
The growing list of symptoms has become increasingly alarming—from strokes and neurological issues to kidney and heart damage. Less serious effects include vomiting, diarrhea and pinkeye.
There is also the strange condition known as “covid toe,” a painful rash on the toes that resembles an illness known as chilblains.
The rash is said to begin on a part of the toe with signs of swelling that can be accompanied with itching or a burning sensation. Over the last few weeks, doctors across the country have reported being inundated with cases of covid toe. So much so that dermatologists are now pushing for the condition to be considered one of the criteria for coronavirus testing.
It’s not the sole skin-related symptom; other people have reported experiencing hives and morbilliform, a measles-like rash.
On a more concerning level, children that have been infected with coronavirus are also presenting with inflammatory symptoms such as rash, fever, red eyes, red lips and swollen, “strawberry” tongue. Called pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, the state has reported 85 potential cases, 38 of which are in New York City. Three children in New York are known to have died from the syndrome.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is said to be working with New York to develop criteria for the new disease affecting children, but it has yet to issue an alert or information about the symptoms.
As of Monday, more than 4 million people have been infected by coronavirus worldwide, and more than 280,000 have died, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.
Here in the United States, 1.3 million have been infected. The country is now set to surpass 80,000 deaths.