New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: The novel coronavirus, caused by SARS‑CoV‑2, has continued to surge at an alarming rate in the country. Coronavirus, which was first reported in China’s Wuhan, has so far infected over 13 million while claiming the lives of more than 5 lakh across the world.  

Amid this, the World Health Organisation has warned coronavirus crisis may get “worse and worse and worse”. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had recently urged countries to be cautious, saying coronavirus pandemic raging around the globe will worsen if countries fail to adhere to strict healthcare precautions.

It has also issued new guidelines on airborne transmission of COVID-19 saying that the airborne spread of coronavirus can occur in “health care settings where specific medical procedures generate very small droplets – aerosols”.

“COVID-19 spreads through contact with contaminated surfaces or close contact with infected people who spread the virus through saliva, respiratory secretions or droplets released when an infected person coughs, sneezes, speaks or sings,” it said.

With the world battling hard against the pandemic, a new study has found that persistent skin rash and reddish spot on the body can be a prominent typical sign of developing COVID-19 infection. The study which was published at King's College in London has claimed that coronavirus might show up on the skin first for some people.

The study was conducted on 3.36 lakh people across the United Kingdom (UK) and found that 8.8 per cent people, who tested positive for coronavirus, listed skin rash as a symptom. The study also claimed that 8.2 per cent people with a rash, who did not have a coronavirus test also reported classic COVID-19 symptoms, such as cough, fever or anosmia (loss of smell).

According to the study, mouth rash and reddish spots on the body “could appear anywhere from two days before the onset of other symptoms to 24 days after, with an average time of about 12 days after onset of symptoms”.

The study said that the people who reported rash as COVID-19 symptoms had three types of rashes – hives, prickly heat and COVID fingers and toes rashes.

“Many viral infections can affect the skin, so it’s not surprising that we are seeing these rashes in COVID-19. However, it is important that people know that in some cases, a rash may be the first or only symptom of the disease. So if you notice a new rash, you should take it seriously by self-isolating and getting tested as soon as possible,” Dr Veronique Bataille, lead author of the study, was quoted as The Times of India as saying.

The coronavirus continues to grow at an alarming across the world. In India, the deadly virus has affected over 10 lakh people and claimed the lives of more than 25,000 while over 6.35 lakh people have been cured and discharged from hospitals, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma