You could find out if you’ve previously had Covid by looking at your nails, experts suggest.
A handful of strange changes in the finger and toe nails have been documented over the course of the pandemic.
Experts say nails are similar to the skin in that they can give clues about a person’s health.
And skin issues are already known to affect up to 20 per cent of people with COVID.
But people rarely inspect their nails – sometimes covered in polish – and so may be unaware of the subtle differences caused by the virus.
Fingernails grow in roughly six-month cycles, therefore any change in appearance caused by the coronavirus may show with a delay.
Nail abnormalities can be the result of all sorts of problems, including vitamin deficiencies, skin conditions, diabetes or trauma – such as shutting your hand in a door.
But dermatologists have suggested it is not a coincidence that a number of people have had nail changes after a positive Covid test.
“There’s another part of the body where the virus appears to have an impact: the fingernails,” experts wrote in the Conversation.
“Currently, the available evidence suggests that there’s no association between the severity of Covid-19 infection and the type or extent of nail changes.”
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