'COVID toe' may be a myth, say doctors

Italian physicians find teens’ chilblain-like lesions are not linked to coronavirus, with bare feet during lockdown another possible explanation

Italian doctors say so-called ‘COVID toe’ may not exist, after reviewing 17 teens with chilblain-like lesions who had no sign of coronavirus infection.

Instead of being a COVID-19 red flag, the lesions may be the result of a penchant for bare feet while at home in lockdown, suggest doctors from the University of Naples Federico II.

For their study, the doctors enrolled 17 healthy-looking adolescents (median age 13) who presented with toe lesions during the first wave of the pandemic in April and