Occupational dermatoses during the Covid-19 pandemic: a multicentre audit in the UK and Ireland

H. O'Neill (Lead / Corresponding author), I. Narang, D. A. Buckley, T. A. Phillips, C. G. Bertram, T. O. Bleiker, M. M. U. Chowdhury, S. M. Cooper, S. Abdul Ghaffar, G. A. Johnston, L. F. Kiely, J. E. Sansom, N. Stone, D. A. Thompson, P. Banerjee

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    Abstract

    During the Covid-19 pandemic, with the increased need for donning personal protective equipment (PPE) and frequent handwashing, we have noted growing reports from at home and abroad of high rates of irritant dermatitis in frontline healthcare workers (HCWs). In China, where the SARS Cov-2 virus was first reported, up to 97% of frontline HCWs reported skin changes related to new infection control practices.1,2 A recent study of 146 HCWs from Manchester and London diagnosed irritant contact dermatitis (ICD) in 97.1%, with high rates of pressure-related facial dermatitis from masks and goggles.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)575-577
    Number of pages3
    JournalBritish Journal of Dermatology
    Volume184
    Issue number3
    Early online date28 Oct 2020
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

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