‘Covid tongue’ becoming more widespread as a coronavirus symptom

By now, we should all be familiar with the common coronavirus symptoms appearing in those who've caught the deadly virus.

They're understood to be a persistent cough, a high fever and loss of taste or smell.

However, other notable symptoms have popped up over the past 10 months, such as muscle pain, headaches, nausea, unpredictable bowel movements and a sore throat.

A full official list of the COVID-19 symptoms are available to access on the NHS's advice page, however, experts have claimed a new symptom has emerged.

Professor Tom Spector, epidemiologist at King's College London and lead scientist on the Zoe coronavirus Symptom Study UK Infection Survey, said one in five patients are now presenting with uncommon symptoms.

He tweeted on Thursday January 14, saying: "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!"

What is covid tongue and why is it so widespread?

Spector also shared an example of 'Covid tongue' along with his tweet, which showed patches of thick white coating on a diagnosed COVID-19 sufferer's tongue.

As well as this, other experts have backed the claim.

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Gabriel Scally, a public health physician said reported symptoms in the mouth have been linked to Covid-19 for some time.

She explained that the medical term for acute swelling of the tongue is part of a syndrome is called ‘glossitis’.

The president of epidemiology and public health at Royal Society of Medicine revealed to The Sun: "It is such a problematic virus to treat as it produces effects in such a wide range of body systems.’"

A total of 2,910,027 Covid-19 vaccinations had taken place in England between December 8 and January 13, according to provisional NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 248,177 on Wednesday's figures.

Of this number, 2,494,371 were the first dose of the vaccine, a rise of 239,815 on Wednesday's figures, while 415,656 were the second dose, an increase of 8,362.

The NHS warns: "If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus, get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.

"You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

"Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started."

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