‘Covid nails’ could be sign that you’ve had the virus, claims coronavirus expert

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A clear line across you fingernail could be a sign that you’ve had Covid-19 according to one expert.

The lines – known as Beau's lines after the French scientist that first wrote about them in the mid-19th Century – can happen after any severe illness that causes the body to temporarily halt processes such as nail growth.

But, says Professor Tim Spector, an epidemiologist at King's College London who heads up the Zoe Symptom Study app, they are particularly being associated with Covid at the moment.

He wrote on Twitter: “Do your nails look odd?

“Covid nails are increasingly being recognised as the nails recover after infection and the growth recovers leaving a clear line. Can occur without skin rashes and appears harmless.”

Professor Spector has been collecting and publicising odd little side-effects of the pandemic, such as Covid tongue – a swelling and discolouration of the tongue also sometimes called “strawberry tongue”.

He wrote in January: "One in five people with Covid still present with less common symptoms that don't get on the official PHE [Public Health England] list – such as skin rashes.

"Seeing increasing numbers of Covid tongues and strange mouth ulcers.”

The long-term effects of coronavirus are still being catalogued. many who have suffered so-called “Long Covid” have reported a range of bizarre symptoms such as changes in the senses of taste and smell, hair loss, and in some extreme cases paralysis.

Research from the ONS shows that roughly one in five people who catch Covid-19 go on to develop these longer term symptoms.

Other problems associated with the aftermath of the disease include long term tiredness, muscle pains, and headaches.

Over the four-week period ending March 6 2021, an estimated 1.1 million people in private households in the UK reported experiencing symptoms of “Long Covid”.

196,000 of these people said that that their ability to carry out normal everyday activities had been limited a lot

Ben Humberstone, Head of Health Analysis and Life Events, Office for National Statistics said: “The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that over a million people in the UK were reporting symptoms associated with long Covid at the beginning of March 2021, with over two-thirds of these individuals having had (or suspecting they had) Covid-19 at least 12 weeks earlier.

He added: "An estimated 674,000 people reported that their symptoms have negatively impacted on their ability to undertake their day-to-day activities. People who tested positive for Covid-19 are around eight times more likely to suffer prolonged symptoms than observed in the general population.”

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