Organization of Biologic Therapy During the COVID-19 Pandemic Based on Example of Dermatology Clinic Centre of Postgraduate Medical Education in Warsaw

J Dermatolog Treat. 2020 Jun 26;1-5. doi: 10.1080/09546634.2020.1782822. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic spread to almost all countries in the world within a few months, necessitating changes in medical care for patients with SARS-CoV-2 infections as well as patients with various chronic diseases. Ensuring the safety of medical staff and patients in hospitals specializing in infectious diseases is a major logistical challenge. Psoriasis patients treated with immunosuppressive medications, including those under biologic therapy, are a special group. Many scientific societies do not recommend discontinuing therapy in patients without symptoms or confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection despite the potentially higher risk of respiratory tract infections in this patient population. Based on our own experience, we present the organization of the biologic therapy within the unit of a Single Specialty Infectious Hospital.

Keywords: Biologic treatment; COVID-19; dermatology; psoriasis.