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Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 04:09 pm

It may seem like COVID-19 has taken over our lives over the past year, but we learn something new about the virus all the time

With people finding common symptoms when they suspect they have been infected to people finding common struggles in their recovery. COVID tongue may be the next thing we look out for. 

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COVID definitely affects the tongue

Loss of taste and smell is a commonly known symptom of COVID-19 with many people complaining that they still haven’t regained their ability to taste after recovery. 

A UK doctor has recently reported seeing more patients with mouth ulcers and tongue discolouration all testing positive for COVID-19. He believes that a discoloured, enlarged or tongue with ulcers could be symptoms of the Coronavirus.

“My mail is full of tongues each morning from people who had tongue problems that coincided with Covid symptoms like fever and fatigue – but baffled doctors,” tweeted Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College.

A few unlikely symptoms

While there are classic COVID symptoms like fever, shortness of breath and coughing we get checked for before walking into banks and shopping centres. 

WebMD reports that almost 35% of people who test positive for COVID-19 and may be considered asymptomatic while displaying uncommon symptoms. 

 “Skin rashes, covid toes and the 20+ symptoms of covid that go ignored.

The CDC does not include swollen or discoloured tongues as symptoms of COVID-19, but the list of symptoms has grown since the pandemic began,” they shared. 


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