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Children can get a bad foot rash from COVID-19.
Unconfirmed, a foot rash is not one of the main identified symptoms.
A message circulating on WhatsApp claims a 14-year old boy got bad foot blisters, which were diagnosed as being caused by COVID-19.
This is unconfirmed. Whilst there have been some isolated cases of a foot rash reported, foot blisters have yet to be confirmed as one of the main identified symptoms of the disease. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus (Sars-Cov-2) which can cause inflammation to the respiratory tracts leading to patients finding it difficult to breath. A red rash has been observed on the torso of some patients, and some viruses (like chicken pox) are known to cause rashes to the skin, but it is too early to say whether these rashes are caused by COVID-19 or something else.
Dr Michael Head, Senior Research Fellow in Global Health at the University of Southampton, told BBC News that “With Covid-19, rashes and skin ulcers have been noted in a few per cent of hospitalised patients. We don’t yet know the extent of these links, or precisely why this inflammation occurs in some patients but not others.”
As the NHS says, children can get COVID-19, but they seem to get it less often than adults and it’s usually less serious. The main identified symptoms of COVID-19 are a high temperature and a new, continuous cough.