- Cutaneous manifestations, mostly erythematous rash, were seen in 20.4% of COVID-19 patients1
- Few presented widespread urticaria and chickenpox-like vesicles1
- These skin lesions are similar to those seen in common viral infections, and no link was seen with disease severity1
- New onset of livedoid patterned rash with symptoms and/or risk factors for COVID-19 can indicate infection 2
- New onset of perniosis (erythrocyanotic skin lesions typically present on sites of cold exposure), most often seen in younger and asymptomatic patients, could be the sole indication of infection2
The first three points come from the first report on skin manifestations in COVID-19 patients. The data of 88 COVID-19 patients was collected, with 18 presenting with cutaneous manifestations. More research is needed to develop further understanding on this topic. The remaining points come from the Youtube video published online by Dr. Sandra Lee, a Board-Certified Dermatologist, in view of educating the population on skin findings that could potentially be associated with COVID-19.
- Recalcati, S. (March 26th, 2020). Cutaneous manifestations in COVID-19: a first perspective. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. doi: 10.1111/JDV.16387
- Lee, S. [Dr. Pimple Popper] (April 9th, 2020). Skin Findings in COVID-19. Retrieved from : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIyu18Ap_5o&feature=youtu.be