With the increasing spread of COVID-19, new symptoms of the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus continue to emerge. Early in the pandemic, medical professionals highlighted symptoms such as the loss of taste and smell. Then several gastrointestinal issues surfaced, including symptoms such as diarrhea. Now, there’s evidence to suggest that patients infected with coronavirus can experience a skin rash as well.
An early report published by dermatologists who worked with COVID-19 patients in Italy found that 20% of patients exhibited some kind of skin-related symptoms. Of those patients, half developed a rash when they first showed signs of the virus, and the other half developed the rash after they were hospitalized.
The American Academy of Dermatology set up a registry for doctors treating COVID-19 patients and for patients with confirmed cases to assist in tracking the ways in which the virus might impact the skin.