COVID tongue: The nasty new coronavirus symptom

Epidemiologist Tim Spector has warned of a new coronavirus symptom that could see some rather gross changes to the tongue.

COVID Tongue: The Nasty New Coronavirus Symptom
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COVID Tongue: The Nasty New Coronavirus Symptom

Professor Tim Spector, an epidemiologist at King’s College in London has recently posted a gruelling image to Twitter, warning that people should keep an eye out for any and all symptoms of coronavirus including COVID tongue.

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What is COVID tongue?

The professor who is also in charge of the Covid Symptom Study App revealed that more and more people are experiencing some unusual symptoms of the virus.He warned that anyone who even has an inkling of a symptom should make sure they stay at home.

One in five people with Covid still present with less common symptoms that don't get on the official PHE list - such as skin rashes. Seeing increasing numbers of Covid tongues and strange mouth ulcers. If you have a strange symptom or even just headache and fatigue stay at home!

The warning was accompanied by a rather shocking image of what COVID tongue looks like and it’s safe to say any one of us would rather stay home than possibly risk that.

President of epidemiology and public health at Royal Society of Medicine, Gabriel Scally, revealed that coronavirus can appear through a ‘wide range of body systems’, and that ‘Symptoms in the mouth have been described for some time in association with COVID-19.’

However, just like many other symptoms of COVID, tongue changes an also be an indication of a number of other health issues such as poor diet and dental hygiene.

Nevertheless, if you find yourself stuck with a strange symptom such as a yellowing tongue, mouth ulcers or even COVID toes, it’s best to seek a test and an appointment with your GP.

What are the lesser-known symptoms of coronavirus?

The official list of symptoms of coronavirus is quite stock standard, including coughing, fevers and fatigue. However, there are a whole variety of lesser-known symptoms that can be just as helpful to watch out for.

Symptoms of coronavirus

  • Cough
  • Fever or chills
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhoea
  • Headache
  • New fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Congestion or runny nose

Lesser-known symptoms of COVID-19

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms: Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Changes in the skin including rashes, inflammation and lesions (often found in the toes)
  • Feelings of confusion or dizziness
  • Eye problems such as increased discharge and watering, swollen eyelids, and enlarged blood vessels
  • Blood clots
  • Excessive hiccups
  • Hair loss
  • Hearing loss or sudden deafness
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