Coronavirus new strain symptoms: Four warning signs on your skin to spot

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Coronavirus mutations are becoming the norm, with UK health officials scrambling to contain the latest strain on its shores – the P1 variant. This shape-shifting quality extends to the range of possible symptoms associated with the virus. The NHS has consistently stated that there are three main symptoms of coronavirus – cough, high temperature and loss of smell and taste.

Research continues to contradict this assertion, however.

A recent study found that for 17 percent of COVID-19 patients with multiple symptoms, skin rashes were the first symptom to appear, while for 21 percent of patients rashes were their only symptom, reports The Conversation.

Research gathered throughout the pandemic suggests there are four distinct skin changes that can signal COVID-19.

Chilblain-like lesions

These are characterised as red, swollen or blistering skin lesions that affect mainly the toes and soles of the feet, colloquially known as “COVID toes”.

Over the course of one to two weeks, the lesions will become even more discoloured and will flatten, and after this they will spontaneously resolve without treatment.

These lesions appear to be prevalent in adolescents and young adults with no or only mild symptoms of COVID-19.

They account for the majority of skin issues associated with the virus.

In two international reports on different types of suspected COVID-related skin conditions, around 60 percent of patients with skin complaints reported these lesions.

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Maculopapular rash

This term describes both flat and raised areas of discoloured skin.

A study of 375 patients in Spain found that 47 percent of patients with COVID-related skin changes had this kind of rash.

These were associated with more severe COVID-19 symptoms, and were mainly found on the trunk in middle-aged to elderly patients.

They tended to last seven to 18 days, appearing 20 to 36 days after infection.

Hives

Also known as urticaria, these are raised areas of itchy skin.

In a study involving four hospitals in China and Italy, 26 percent of COVID-19 patients that complained of skin changes presented with hives.

Hives typically precede or present at the same time as other symptoms, making them useful for diagnosis.

They are more common among middle-aged patients and are associated with more severe disease.

Vesicular lesions

These are clear fluid-filled sacs under the skin, similar to those seen in chicken pox.

They are less common compared to the skin conditions above: in the previously mentioned Spanish study of skin changes associated with COVID-19, only nine percent of patients had these vesicles.

However, they are thought to be a more specific indication of someone having COVID-19 than the previous skin changes, and so are more useful for diagnosis.

They appear to present in patients with mild disease around 14 days after infection.

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Amy Schumer Jokes She Is ‘Doing Really Well’ without Childcare in Messy Kitchen Video

Amy Schumer is still getting used to life without a nanny.

On Monday night, the comedian, 39, shared a hilariously relatable video from her messy kitchen, joking that she and her husband Chris Fischer were "rocking" life as parents without childcare.

"Yeah, actually, like we were worried about not having childcare but we're actually like doing really well — and I think we're a lot more capable of a lot more than we realized we were," Schumer said sarcastically while standing in the middle of a cluttered kitchen as her husband recorded her.

In the video, the couple's kitchen is visibly littered with containers of baby food, dirty dishes, and bottles, as trash overflows on the counter.

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"All this helped [us] grow because we don't need it," Schumer added, while Fischer, 41, could be heard laughing behind the camera.

Last month, the I Feel Pretty star first revealed to fans that her nanny Jane, who was quarantining with Schumer and Fischer while caring for their son Gene David, 21 months, had left to focus on her studies.

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"We have evolved to having no child care. 😱 Love to Jane who is focusing on her studies," Schumer wrote on Instagram in a since-deleted post. "Any tips for cutting a toddlers nails? We are strugglin! Also thanks to @evamendes for posting a bunch of great accounts to follow for toddlers check out her page for the list!"

In January 2020, Schumer celebrated her nanny with an Instagram selfie of the pair using matching face masks.

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"This is our nanny who makes it possible for me to work and know that our baby is happy and healthy. I love her very much and we also both want to have nice skin," she captioned the post at the time.

Prior to that, in October 2019, Schumer opened up to PEOPLE about going back to work after welcoming her first child. 

"It's empowering. It's like you get a piece of yourself back, but it is hard," Schumer said at the time. "I'm just so fortunate, you know? 'Cause a lot of people have it a lot harder."

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Watch Amy Slaton Hold Son Gage for the First Time on 1000-Lb. Sisters: ‘Love Him So Much’

Amy Slaton is opening up about the emotions she felt meeting her son for the first time.  

On Monday's episode of 1000-Lb. Sisters, the new mom recalled the immediate love she felt for son Gage Deon Halterman, now 3 months, after his arrival.   

"Looking at Gage, I just see his whole future basically, as he's going off to college," the new mom shared in a confessional.

"It's emotional," she added. "You can't really talk about [it]  because you just love him so much you don't have words to explain how much you love him." 

Amy and her husband Michael welcomed Gage on Nov. 10. The newborn weighed 5 lbs., 6 oz and measured 17 and a half inches in length. 

From her hospital bed, Amy got a chance to hold her newborn for the first time — which she wasn't immediately able to do following his arrival via cesarean section.  

"He's so small," she remarked while cradling Gage in her arms.

"I wanna see how much hair you got," she added, as she pulled back his hat. "Oh my God, he's got so much hair, and it's curly-ish." 

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Amy went on to describe the moment as "surreal."

"Holding Gage for the first time felt surreal," she said in a confessional. "My heart just melted. He was so perfect. His little fingers, his toes." 

"Yeah, I made this little ball of joy," she added with a laugh.

During the episode, Amy also opened up about the emotions surrounding her son's arrival.

"Gage was still in the breech position, so in the end, I had to have a c-section," she said. "And then they took him away to the nursery to get some tests run because he had low blood sugar, 'cause it dropped."

Amy's pregnancy was a surprise for her sister Tammy, who told PEOPLE in January that she "was feeling all sorts of things" after learning the news.

"I was mad and sad and worried about her health and safety since it was so soon after her [weight-loss] surgery," she added, later saying that, upon reflection, "I'm happy she got pregnant because it was the one thing she most wanted in life."

1000-Lb. Sisters airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT on TLC.

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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban's Daughters Sunday and Faith Make Rare Appearance at Golden Globes

Nicole Kidman has her family by her side for the Golden Globes.

On Sunday night, The Undoing actress, 53, appeared virtually for the 2021 Golden Globes broadcast during the opening monologue, seated on a couch, all dressed up beside her husband Keith Urban, and their two daughters, Sunday Rose, 12, and Faith Margaret, 10, whom generally remain out of the spotlight.

Speaking with Marie Claire Australia for the magazine's November issue, Kidman said her country singer husband has to retreat from their "female-heavy" family from time to time. The couple tied the knot in 2006.

"We're definitely female-heavy! But as the girls say, 'The dog's a boy!' " said Kidman at the time, adding: "At times, [Keith] just needs to escape with his guitar. Sometimes I'll find him in his closet playing guitar. That's when I know we really need to give him space."

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"Oh, and he Googles cars — I'll know when he's stressed 'cause he's Googling cars," Kidman — who is also mom to two adult children with ex-husband Tom Cruise, son Connor, 25, and daughter Isabella, 28 — continued. "I couldn't care less what car I'm driving; you can pick me up in any old thing. But Keith and Faith love cars."

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Kidman also opened up about juggling parenting duties with Urban as they balance their busy careers.

"We never leave the kids, one of us is always there," said Kidman. "When Keith went to Nashville and I had to work late nights, I rang [my sister Antonia] and asked her to move in with the girls and she did, and brought along her kids. That's special."

"It's the nature of what we're all having to do now – you get to be commune-like; this extended family where you're all raising each other's kids together," she continued. "We've all had to go back to basics, and this year has required it because people are pleading for help."

The 78th Annual Golden Globes Awards are airing live on NBC from 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET.

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Meghan McCain Places Photos of Daughter Liberty, 4 Months, on Father John's Grave: 'Miss You Dad'

Meghan McCain is keeping her baby daughter close to her father's memory.

The View co-host, 36, shared a somber photo on Instagram Wednesday, showing her dad Sen. John McCain's grave with mini American flags nearby, and a pair of baby photos situated on the headstone. The sweet snapshots are of Meghan's daughter Liberty Sage, who turns 5 months old this weekend, resting in her crib.

"Miss you Dad," she writes alongside the photo, adding a Statue of Liberty emoji to signify her daughter's name.

Sen. McCain was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, a rare and highly aggressive form of brain cancer, in July 2017 and died in August 2018 at age 81.

Earlier this month, Meghan shared on Instagram that Liberty, whom she shares with husband Ben Domenech, is "always staring" at a portrait they have of Sen. McCain.

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Meghan recently opened up to PEOPLE about the joy of raising her newborn with her husband in their Washington, D.C., area home.

"It makes me feel really connected to my dad in a way, because this pure love that I had for him I thought I was never going to experience it again and I feel it with Liberty, but like on acid," the new mom said. "It's like everything I loved about my dad. But he was imperfect and she's just perfect."

Meghan also told PEOPLE about how the outpouring of love came after a lot of loss, her dad's death as well as a miscarriage, which she announced in July 2019. Around Christmas of that year, she prayed on motherhood.

"I pray to God and I pray to my dad when I'm going through hard times," she said. "I do both, which maybe sounds weird, but I just feel like my dad's in heaven and I find comfort in praying and asking him for advice."

"I was like, 'Please make this decision for me,' " she recalled herself thinking, " 'because I'm okay with being able to have kids or not being able to have kids, I just want to have some kind of resolution.' And then I got pregnant really soon after, and I found out I was pregnant right after I had gone home to Arizona for the first time since [my dad] died."

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Chris Hemsworth Shares Son's Sweet Creative Writing Project: 'My Special Friend Is Dad'

Chris Hemsworth's son Tristan is a young author in the making — and his latest piece was dedicated to his super hero dad.

The Thor star, 37, shared a photo of his son's latest creative writing project on Instagram Wednesday.

"My special friend is dad, together we go in the pool, together they make me feel happy," the 6-year-old wrote. His teacher had added an approving mark, writing, "well done Tristan."

Hemsworth rewrote the note in the Instagram post's caption, adding, "❤️😭"

The Marvel star shares Tristan, his twin Sasha, and daughter India, 8, with wife Elsa Pataky.

The couple celebrated 10 years together in December, both sharing throwback photos on Instagram.

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"10 years together! Looking forward to the advancements of modern medicine and science and enjoying a couple hundred more!😘😘❤️❤️😘😘" Hemsworth wrote in a sweet tribute to his wife.

"Going through ten years of photographs was almost as fun as the real thing!" Pataky, 44, wrote in her own post.

"Here's to many more years of wonderful times, love you always and forever @chrishemsworth"

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He's Here! Mandy Moore and Husband Taylor Goldsmith Welcome Son August Harrison: 'Our Sweet Boy'

Mandy Moore is a mom!

The This Is Us actress, 36, and her husband Taylor Goldsmith have welcomed their first child together, son August Harrison Goldsmith, she announced on Instagram Tuesday.

"Gus is here 💙💙💙💙. Our sweet boy, August Harrison Goldsmith. He was punctual and arrived right on his due date, much to the delight of his parents," she wrote in her caption. "We were prepared to fall in love in all sorts of brand new ways, but it goes beyond anything we could have ever imagined."

Moore's baby announcement comes weeks after she revealed that her birth plan had to be altered. "My platelets have dropped exponentially during pregnancy and it's sadly altered my birth 'plan,' " she wrote on Instagram in early February.

Moore, who announced she was expecting back in September, has been open about her difficult first trimester and fertility struggles. In a Janurary interview with Romper, the singer said she was "very hesitant" to believe she was pregnant because of past issues with her uterus.

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"I sort of was holding my breath until 12 weeks," she said at the time, adding that in her third trimester, she had an "it's real" moment: "The little things kind of get me. Like, I was online buying pacifiers yesterday and I just turned to my husband and I was like, It's real. There's going to be a little human that needs a pacifier."

During her pregnancy, Moore opened up to her fans about suffering a loss: her pet dog Joni. On Dec. 1, she shared the heartbreaking news on Instagram, writing that her "heart is utterly shattered" in the wake of the canine's death. "She was my first love and best friend. Through every twist and turn of life of this past decade and change, she was right there."

"She was the boss and a total mama's girl," she added of Joni. "I'm so sad she won't get the chance to meet her human brother soon but maybe she wasn't ready to share 😉."

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Then, in January, Goldsmith surprised her with a sentimental gift as they grieved the pet's death. She shared photos on Instagram of a toy dog from Cuddle Clones that is a near-perfect replica of her late pup. "This was by far my fav gift over the holidays- something that @taylordawesgoldsmith had made. It's a little stuffed animal version of my beloved Joni so that our son will still know her, even though they never got to meet."

In a recent episode of Informed Pregnancy Podcast, Moore told host Dr. Elliot Berlin that she is open to having more children soon.

"I have such a deeper appreciation for my body and the fact that us pregnant folks have the capability to do this. It's the coolest thing," she said. "I mean, I know that I joke with my husband already. We're not at the end of the rollercoaster ride yet, and like, I'll do this again. I'm so ready to do this again. Even if I was as sick as I was during the first trimester, there is something I think in the third trimester that is so profoundly magical and beautiful."

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The View's Sara Haines Says She'd 'Love' to Have 10 Kids but '3 Is All I Can Handle'

Sara Haines says she would love a bigger family but feels maxed out at the moment.

The View co-host, 43, opened up about being a working mom during a Q&A session on her Instagram Story, explaining why she feels her family is complete with three little ones. Haines shares son Caleb Joseph, 20 months, daughter Sandra Grace, 3, and son Alec Richard, who turns 5 next week, with husband Max Shifrin.

When one follower asked, "More babies for you? Or is three enough LOL," Haines replies: "I would love 10 more!!!! But 3 is all I can handle while being my best version for each of them ❤️❤️❤️"

Haines, who hosts the new game show The Chase, explains what she feels as being the "best" and "worst" parts about being a working mother. "Best part = feeling more energized and confident as a result of my work," she writes. "Worst part = the guilt of time away from them."

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Another follower asked, "How do you balance all the things on your plate?!? You must be superhuman?"

"I'm not…I can promise you that," says Haines. "I have my days where I am unstoppable and so on it. And then the next, I feel overwhelmed. Just doing my best like everyone else."

The mom also affectionately listed her "favorite" things about each of her kids, touting Alec's "heart & empathy," Sandra's "inner light & joy" and Caleb's "fearlessness w/his siblings and his face (it melts me)."

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Kristen Wiig Jokes She'll 'Go Outside and Sit on the Curb' to Sneak a Break from Her Young Twins

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Kristen Wiig will admittedly do whatever it takes to get even a brief break from her young twins.

While stopping by The Late Late Show with James Corden on Monday, the actress, 47, and her Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar costar Annie Mumolo talked about parenting during the pandemic. Wiig — who welcomed twins with husband Avi Rothman via surrogate — said her two babies are about 15 months old now.

"How is it? Do you ever get a break?" asked Corden, a dad of three.

"Um, I go outside and sit on the curb sometimes," Wiig responded with a laugh. "Because I'm afraid, I don't wanna go on a full walk because then sometimes I feel like, 'Oh, I should be there.' But I need to get out, so I sit on the curb. Or just walk around in the driveway and FaceTime Annie."

"It feels like a vacation when you just go out the door," added Mumolo, who has a 14- and 10-year-old.

"You forget," Wiig joked, "a walk really helps. But then when you're in the house, you're like, 'I can't be saved.' "

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 Kristen Wiig Plans on Doing Her 'Best to Balance' Work and Parenting Twins: 'They Will Come First'

In the end credits of her new comedy Barb & Star, Wiig appears to shout out her new additions in the "special thanks" acknowledgments, with one line in the section seemingly revealing their names as "Luna & Shiloh," though the monikers have not been confirmed.

Wiig recently opened up to PEOPLE about going into quarantine quickly after the arrival of her babies due to the pandemic. She said she has enjoyed the ample quality time with the little ones at home.

"I love that I can be with my family," she said, adding that, uninterrupted bonding time aside, not being able to socialize the twins has been difficult.

"My babies aren't even walking yet," she said. "I want to be home with them, so that has been a positive for me, of course. But also they don't get to see anybody. I have really close friends that haven't seen my kids in a long time."

"And my parents, I haven't seen them in a really long time, so we've been FaceTiming with the babies every day," added Wiig. "They're living in such a bubble, and that I can't have them interact and be social has been a little bit challenging."

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Bloating is the urgent cancer symptom women are ignoring in lockdown, say experts

Written by Katy Harrington

A new survey shows that less than two in 10 women say they would book an urgent GP appointment if they were experiencing persistent bloating, which is a key symptom of ovarian cancer. 

Women’s lives are being put at risk because urgent cancer symptoms are being overlooked during the pandemic, according to new research by the UK’s leading ovarian cancer charity.

A warning has been issued by Target Ovarian Cancer ahead of ovarian cancer month in March. A new survey shows that less than two in 10 women (17%) say they would book an urgent GP appointment (within a week) if they were experiencing persistent bloating.

This is not the case with other, better known cancer symptoms such as an unexplained lump, or a mole that has changed shape, with over 50% of women saying they would take those symptoms seriously and get to their GP within a week.

According to Target Ovarian Cancer, the Covid-19 pandemic is having an impact on early diagnosis of ovarian cancer with women hesitant to contact their GP unless for anurgent appointment. Yet many fail to recognise some symptoms as urgent. The resulting delays could make them at greater risk of being diagnosed with late-stage cancer.

Currently, two thirds of women are diagnosed late, when the cancer has already spread and is much harder to treat successfully. If diagnosed at the earliest stage, nine out of 10 women will survive for five years or more. When diagnosed at the most advanced stage just 13% will survive.

Marie Foord, 49 from Hastings, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2020. She began to experience symptoms such as bloating and bowel symptoms but was reluctant to contact the GP because of the pressure being faced by the NHS in the early part of the pandemic.

Eventually, Marie contacted her GP in May last year and got a diagnosis of stage IIIc ovarian cancer, and, unusually, an additional diagnosis of womb cancer. She continued to have four rounds of chemo, followed by surgery in October 2020, more chemo, and finished her treatment in December 2020. She is now taking medication and is feeling well.

Marie told Stylist: “Nobody I know would associate bloating with ovarian cancer, and in fact it never crossed my mind before I was diagnosed. I want people to take it seriously and give your GP a call if you’re concerned. This pandemic can make us all nervous about going to the GP, but our health is so important. My GP was amazing and supportive throughout my diagnosis.”

Dr Alison Wint GP and Clinical Lead for Cancer at NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG said: “Cancer is not going away just because of Covid-19. GPs want to know. In fact, it’s as important as ever to come forward with urgent cancer symptoms such as persistent bloating, feeling full quickly or loss of appetite, tummy pain, needing to wee more often or more urgently, change in bowel habits or weight loss. Take it seriously and talk to your GP.”

Annwen Jones OBE, chief executive of Target Ovarian Cancer, said: “It is absolutely vital that women know persistent bloating needs to be checked out by a GP. The pandemic can make it hard to put ourselves first, and people are worried about putting pressure on the NHS. But getting ovarian cancer symptoms checked out promptly and starting treatment quickly makes all the difference.”

Symptoms of ovarian cancer

• Persistent bloating – not bloating that comes and goes

• Feeling full quickly and/or loss of appetite

• Pelvic or abdominal pain (that’s your tummy and below)

• Urinary symptoms (needing to wee more urgently or more often than usual)

Occasionally there can be other symptoms such as: 

• Changes in bowel habit (eg diarrhoea or constipation)

• Extreme fatigue (feeling very tired)

• Unexplained weight loss

Any bleeding after the menopause should always be investigated by a GP.

Symptoms will be:

• Frequent – they usually happen more than 12 times a month

• Persistent – they don’t go away

• New – they are not normal for you 

If you experience the symptoms listed above contact your GP immediately or call the NHS 111 for advice. Target Ovarian Cancer is the UK’s leading ovarian cancer charity, working to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month this March. 

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