Consensus of Chinese experts on protection of skin and mucous membrane barrier for health-care workers fighting against coronavirus disease 2019

Dermatol Ther. 2020 Jul;33(4):e13310. doi: 10.1111/dth.13310. Epub 2020 Mar 29.


Health professions preventing and controlling Coronavirus Disease 2019 are prone to skin and mucous membrane injury, which may cause acute and chronic dermatitis, secondary infection and aggravation of underlying skin diseases. This is a consensus of Chinese experts on protective measures and advice on hand-cleaning- and medical-glove-related hand protection, mask- and goggles-related face protection, UV-related protection, eye protection, nasal and oral mucosa protection, outer ear, and hair protection. It is necessary to strictly follow standards of wearing protective equipment and specification of sterilizing and cleaning. Insufficient and excessive protection will have adverse effects on the skin and mucous membrane barrier. At the same time, using moisturizing products is highly recommended to achieve better protection.

Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; healthcare workers; protect; skin and mucous membrane barrier.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19
  • China
  • Consensus
  • Coronavirus Infections / therapy*
  • Emollients / administration & dosage
  • Gloves, Protective
  • Hand Disinfection / methods
  • Health Personnel*
  • Humans
  • Masks
  • Mucous Membrane / pathology*
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Pandemics
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Pneumonia, Viral / therapy*
  • Skin / pathology*


  • Emollients