Aaron Rodgers Says He Has COVID Toe… But Does He Really?

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So you’re saying you can get COVID? In your toe?

As we learn more about COVID-19, we’re learning more about the lasting effects, and different ways the virus affects people’s bodies.

While I thought I had heard it all over the past couple years, I will say, this is a first for me.

Aaron Rodgers joined the Pat McAfee Show once again, as he does every Tuesday, and most recently, he said (with a smile) his only lingering effect from COVID was “COVID toe.”

He continued to elaborate, saying he’s in a great deal of pain, most pain than when he had turf toe, but refuses to sit out games because of it.

Although, he seemed to be joking (we know how much the Green Bay quarterback likes to be vague and let the press run wild), many members of the media apparently believed him.

Here’s why:

According to The Wall Street Journal, COVID toe is a name for the skin condition medically known as pernio or chilblains, which causes discoloration and lesions in the toes, and can even turn toes purple.

“Recent research, including an October study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, has found that Covid Toes typically occur in younger patients who experience mild symptoms.

The problem is that, when the body produces too much of a type of interferon, it can create other problems—and produce Covid Toes.

‘The way I would think about it is it’s basically a side effect of how your own immune system is fighting the virus,’ said Esther Freeman, a doctor and principal investigator for the COVID-19 Dermatology Registry. ‘It’s part of our body’s response to the response to the virus. It’s almost too much of a good thing.'”

Doctors have noticed this occurrence with younger COVID patients with mild symptoms, and the condition can be very painful.

That being said, I still think Aaron Rodgers was joking.

COVID toe seems to be a skin issue, he said it was a bone issue on his pinky toe:

“I’ve mentioned that it was more painful than turf toe and I had turf toe years ago. The problem with turf toe is that it’s that joint in your big toe and it is very painful.

So naturally I’m leading people to understand that if it’s worse than turf toe, there must be some sort of bone issue.”

Media still ran wild with it:

Either way, he’ll be in the field this Sunday.

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