King’s College London relied on data from 20,000 British citizens who either proved positive for Covid-19 or were highly suspected of contracting the disease, according to the British newspaper Daily Mail.
The researchers found that 9 percent of the infected also had a rash, while 8 percent of people with other symptoms suffered from a skin disease.
Scientists are now calling for the rash to be recognized as official symptoms of coronavirus infection, whereas the NHS currently indicates only three signs of infection – fever, persistent cough, loss of smell or taste.
It is suggested that people with only these three symptoms may have Covid-19, and therefore they should isolate and test themselves, meaning that people with the less common symptoms of the virus do not get smears and may continue to pass the virus on to others.
In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns of 11 primary symptoms, including fatigue, body aches, headache, sore throat, and shortness of breath, but it acknowledges that the virus can cause a host of other side effects.