Concern over immunosuppressant skin medications

A STATEMENT from the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) has acknowledged concerns about  COVID-19 risk among people taking medicines that affect the immune system, such as biologic therapies or immunosuppressants.

The organisation states it is not aware of any good evidence that these people are at a greater risk of getting COVID-19 or having a more severe form of the illness, although this advice may change as more is discovered about the nature of the new condition. It advises clinicians and patients to check NHS advice regularly.

The BAD advises that creams used for skin conditions, in the correct quantities recommended by dermatologists or GPs, are not likely to increase the risks of getting COVID-19 or having a more severe form of the illness.

Up-to-date advice and information is available on the on the NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) website. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/