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National psoriasis foundation COVID-19 task force guidance for management of psoriatic disease during the pandemic: Version 2-advances in psoriatic disease management, COVID-19 vaccines, and COVID-19 treatments

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology May 1, 2021

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PAIR Center Research Team



OBJECTIVE: To update guidance regarding the management of psoriatic disease during the COVID-19 pandemic.

STUDY DESIGN: The task force (TF) includes 18 physician voting members with expertise in dermatology, rheumatology, epidemiology, infectious diseases, and critical care. The TF was supplemented by nonvoting members, which included fellows and National Psoriasis Foundation staff. Clinical questions relevant to the psoriatic disease community were informed by inquiries received by the National Psoriasis Foundation. A Delphi process was conducted.

RESULTS: The TF updated evidence for the original 22 statements and added 5 new recommendations. The average of the votes was within the category of agreement for all statements, 13 with high consensus and 14 with moderate consensus.

LIMITATIONS: The evidence behind many guidance statements is variable in quality and/or quantity.

CONCLUSIONS: These statements provide guidance for the treatment of patients with psoriatic disease on topics including how the disease and its treatments affect COVID-19 risk, how medical care can be optimized during the pandemic, what patients should do to lower their risk of getting infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (including novel vaccination), and what they should do if they develop COVID-19. The guidance is a living document that is continuously updated by the TF as data emerge.


National Heart,Lung,and Blood Insititute ( NHLBI)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases ( NIAID)
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases