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COVID-19 affects patients and care

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Prof. Peter van de Kerkhof, Radboudumc, the Netherlands
WPPAC 2021
Be aware of the impact of social distancing on patients with psoriasis. “It hits them,” Prof. Peter van de Kerkhof (Radboudumc, the Netherlands) emphasised [1]. Telemedicine in the treatment of psoriasis is an important ‘add-on,’ but not a complete replacement. From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to 17 May 2020, rates increased in the general population concerning anxiety (6.33% to 50.9%), depression (14.6% to 48.3%), post-traumatic stress disorder (7% to 53.8%), psychological distress (34.43% to 38%), and stress (8.1% to 81.9%) [2]. Risk factors associated with distress measures included female gender, younger age group (≤40 years), presence of chronic and psychiatric illnesses, unemployment, student status, and frequent exposure to social media and news concerning COVID-19. “One can imagine that in patients with psoriasis, in whom the social functioning is impaired and impacted by their disease, the effect of COVID-19 on mental health will be quite ...

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