Thankfully, children seem to be less affected by the coronavirus than adults — but that also means they are potentially oblivious spreaders.
A mysterious symptom may be the only sign of coronavirus in young people.
Doctors have discovered many younger patients are suffering from “COVID toes” — a series of red lesions or painful bumps on the feet.
Dr. Amy Paller, chair of the Department of Dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, is one of the medical experts who has witnessed the as-yet unexplained malady in otherwise asymptomatic youngsters.
“These are individuals who are often without any other sign of viral infection,” she said. “We are seeing this in unprecedented numbers.”
Although they aren’t sure of the cause, experts think it may be happening in response to the inflammation caused as part of the response to the COVID-19 virus.
“We don’t know for sure if it’s related to COVID-19, but when it’s so common right now during a pandemic and is occurring in otherwise asymptomatic or mildly affected patients, it seems too much of a coincidence not to be a manifestation of the virus for patients in their teens and 20s,” she added, per NBC Chicago.