The novel coronavirus infection has no universal symptom, although the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) note dry cough, fever, and shortness of breath as the most common signs of COVID-19.
Nevertheless, there have been accounts of "atypical" COVID-19 cases wherein people who tested positive for coronavirus did not experience any of the common symptoms but exhibited more unusual ones.
Dermatological Issues as COVID-19 Symptoms?
In a report by BGR, French doctors have recently discovered more possible symptoms associated with coronavirus infection.
Experts from the French National Union of Dermatologists-Venereologists (SNDV) believe that cutaneous symptoms, including hives, pseudo-frostbite, and persistent redness of the skin, are possible symptoms of COVID-19.
The dermatologists have noticed that the sudden occurrence of redness of the skin is painful for the patient and that there are lesions caused by temporary urticaria, otherwise known as hives.
This is based on a report by a French newspaper, Le Figaro.
Over 400 of these experts, who work in both public and private sectors, have formed a WhatsApp discussion group to discuss possible connections of these dermatological issues with the novel coronavirus.
They have highlighted cases of patients with lesions that have exhibited other typical COVID-19 symptoms, including respiratory problems.
Nevertheless, some patients are asymptomatic or do not exhibit any signs of the viral infection, and yet are tested positive of the disease.
Asymptomatic Coronavirus Cases
In studies concerning the pandemic, researchers have reason to believe that people without any symptoms or have mild ones are still capable of passing the infection to others and might be fueling the further spread of the disease.
"Analysis of the many cases reported to SNDV shows that these manifestations can be associated with the novel coronavirus. We are alerting the public and the medical profession in order to detect these potentially contagious patients as quickly as possible," SNDV wrote in a translated press release.
According to the Director-General of Health, Jérôme Salomon, there are still no studies done that could conclusively relate these dermatological issues to COVID-19.
However, he added that we still do not know everything about the novel coronavirus and that we are still learning new things each day.
Whether a skin problem is associated with the virus or not, experts still recommend that anyone exhibiting these issues should consult a dermatologist to have it treated as soon as possible.
This is not the first time unusual symptoms have been related to COVID-19.
Atypical Cases Confirmed
There are tons of cases wherein people are unable to smell or taste anything. Thus, leading experts to believe that it could be a key symptom of mild and asymptomatic coronavirus cases, according to Business Insider.
TechTimes have also previously reported a unique and different experience of a young woman who contracted coronavirus in Italy, where she did not manifest any of the known symptoms of COVID-19, but she experienced headaches and loss of hearing.
Additionally, medics from the Harvard Medical School have also reported an unusual case of an American patient who experienced a "stabbing sensation" in his groins.