Is 'COVID-19 tongue' latest sign of coronavirus infection?
Professor Tim Spector, an epidemiologist at King's College London, shared a photo of the symptom on Twitter and warned people to be aware of any sign of COVID-19.
"COVID tongue" has been identified as an odd symptom of the disease by doctors in the UK monitoring the outbreak.
Cautioning people to watch out for "COVID tongue" as the number of people suffering from the new symptom rises in the UK, Professor Tim Spector -- an epidemiologist at King's College London (KCL) -- revealed a photo in a social media post showing the gruesome side effect of the virus. The picture showed patchy chunks of thick white coating on a coronavirus sufferer’s tongue.
One in five people with Covid still present with less common symptoms that dont get on the official PHE list - such as skin rashes. Seeing increasing numbers of Covid tongues and strange mouth ulcers . If you have a strange symptom or even just headache and fatigue stay at home ! pic.twitter.com/V04CiZNilK— Tim Spector (@timspector) January 13, 2021
The epidemiologist, who heads the Covid Symptom Study App study, said mouth ulcers are also reported by sufferers. Prof Spector said: "One in five people with Covid still present with less common symptoms that don't get on the official PHE list - such as skin rashes.
"Seeing increasing numbers of Covid tongues and strange mouth ulcers. If you have a strange symptom or even just headache and fatigue stay at home!"
Public health physician Gabriel Scally, who is also the president of epidemiology and public health at Royal Society of Medicine, told The Sun: "Symptoms in the mouth have been described for some time in association with COVID-19."
She said the medical name for acute swelling of the tongue as part of a syndrome is called "glossitis".
Certain diseases that affect the immune system may attack the tongue, causing changes including pain, discolouration, swelling or a strange texture. Other problems can stem from underlying conditions, say experts.
"It is such a problematic virus to treat as it produces effects in such a wide range of body systems," said Scally. Some report having none of the three main symptoms of coronavirus, while others have suffered from extreme fatigue, brain fog, upset stomach, headaches and muscle pain.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) lists aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhoea, conjunctivitis, headache, loss of taste or smell, a rash on skin and discolouration of fingers or toes as less common symptoms of coronavirus.