"Investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital, in collaboration with the International League of Dermatological Societies and the American Academy of Dermatology, have found that people with Covid-19 may experience long-term skin problems," the message informs.
The team evaluated almost 1,000 cases of patients with skin manifestations of Covid-19. Among 224 total suspected cases and 90 laboratory-confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 39 countries with information on symptom duration, the median duration of symptoms was 12 days. However, the researchers found several patients who had skin symptoms for significantly longer periods. Notably, six patients with toe symptoms that lasted at least 60 days, and two lab-confirmed patients with Covid toes lasting longer than 130 days.
"Findings reveal a previously unreported subset of patients with long-standing skin symptoms from Covid-19, in particular those with Covid toes The skin is potentially a visible window into inflammation that could be going on in the body," senior author Esther E. Freeman, MD, PhD, director of Global Health Dermatology at MGH said.
"We encourage clinicians taking care of patients with Covid-19 to ask about and evaluate any skin symptoms. Health care providers can enter information into our registry to further our understanding of the dermatologic effects of Covid-19."
As we reported earlier, Ukraine is facing a massive increase in the daily incidence of Covid-19: 8,312 new cases of coronavirus infection have been detected over the last 24 hours, which a new anti-record.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 378,729 people have been infected with the coronavirus in the country: 7,041 people have died (+173), and 155,026 (+3394) have managed to recover. As of now, there are 216,662 active cases.