How skin changes could help identify people who need testing for COVID

A new, raised red rash and unexplained marks on the skin could be signs of Covid-19, experts have warned. Data from Italy indicates as many as one in five people hospitalised with Covid-19 may develop rashes or experience changes to the skin.

In some cases, a rash could potentially be the first – or only – sign of infection. According to the NHS, the main symptoms of the coronavirus are a new and continuous cough, and a high temperature.

However, it has been estimated that up to eight out of ten people infected may experience only mild, or show no symptoms of the illness at all. And, as cases rise, multiple additional symptoms have been linked to the virus.