'COVID Toe' Probably Not Caused by COVID-19: JAMA Study
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Two new studies published in JAMA Dermatology on 25 June, strongly suggest that the so-called "COVID toe" lesions that have popped up during the pandemic may not be caused by infection with the new coronavirus after all.

• The team, led by Dr. Ignacio Torres-Navarro, a dermatologist with the University Hospital of la Fe Polytechnic in Valencia, conducted an in-depth analysis of COVID toes in 20 children.

• Ruling out infection as a cause, they said the condition "appeared mainly in children isolated in houses that were not well suited for individuals who spent long periods barefoot or only wearing socks and with very little physical activity."

• Another study, this time led by researchers in Belgium, conducted a similar study into purplish-red chilblain-like lesions on the feet (29 patients) and hands (three patients) of individuals.

• Again, COVID-19 was suspected as a cause, but highly accurate testing -- done via blood or nasal swabs over a long period -- found zero evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in any of the patients.

• The Belgian team agreed with the Spanish researchers that the quarantine lifestyle may be what's driving a rise in COVID toes and chilblains in the young.

Source: https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-06-25/covid-toe-lesions-probably-not-caused-by-covid-19-studies-find
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