The NHS recognizes three official symptoms of Covid-19 – a new and persistent cough, loss of smell or taste, and high temperature – while other people with the disease list other symptoms, including fatigue and skin rashes.
Tim Spector, Principal Scientist of the Zoe App and Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London, explained how your fingernails might now give an indication that you have had Covid-19 and are now recovering.
The professor posted a photo of “Covid nails” on Twitter to his 68,000 followers and a question.
He asked, “Do your nails look weird?
“COVID nails are increasingly recognized as the nails recover from infection and growth recovers leaving a clear line.
“Can occur without rashes and appears harmless. “
In response, a Twitter follower asked, “Do you also have it after you have had the flu?” I had the flu (for the first time) in early December 2019 and noticed these lines for weeks / months until the nail grew and wondered if there was a connect. “
Another said: “I noticed this and also the hair loss 3 months after covid. “
A third person replied, “The same thing happened to me, severe illness and septic shock in 2018-2019. My hair and nails thinned out when I recovered, began to gain weight, underwent intense rehabilitation, and became healthy. The disease takes its toll on all parts of the body. The body is amazing. ”
Another added: “The nails and hair are a reflection of the health of the body. Stress as well as various illnesses can show up in the nails, so not just a sign that you have had covid. “
Earlier this year, Professor Spector explained: “One in five people with Covid still have less common symptoms that are not listed on the official PHE [Public Health England] listing. “
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