Staff at the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology have been working to provide expert advice and resources during the pandemic. They recently launched the CEBD Coronavirus Dermatology Resource
, which contains journal articles relating to the coronavirus and dermatology as well as links to guidelines, evidence-based resources and relevant patient information
We know that many people, including healthcare professionals on the front line, are experiencing skin problems due to constant handwashing. Professor of Dermato-Epidemiology Hywel Williams has produced a video, COVID-19 and handwashing advice, which gives practical information on managing these issues, especially for people who have eczema and dry skin. This information has led to changes in advice from British Association of Dermatologists and patient organisations to support hand washing with soap, followed by emollient use.
At the request of the Chief Medical Officer’s office, Professor Williams also initiated a group of dermatology experts from the British Association of Dermatologists to establish policy for people on immunosuppresive drugs. This group, led by Professor Nick Levell from Norwich, developed a detailed advice grid which is aligned to similar advice from other specialties using immunosuppressive medicine such as rheumatology and gastroenterology. This information will be of benefit to both healthcare professionals and patients to help them make better decisions regarding isolation versus social distancing for those taking immunosuppressive medicines.
For further details please see the University of Nottingham press release.
Posted on Friday 24th April 2020