To update guidance regarding the management of psoriatic disease during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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 non-voting members, which included fellows and National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) staff. Clinical questions relevant to the psoriatic disease community were informed by inquiries received by the NPF. A Delphi process was conducted.
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, 14 with moderate consensus.
The evidence behind many guidance statements is variable in quality and/or quantity.
These statements provide guidance for the management of patients with psoriatic disease on topics ranging from how the disease and its treatments impact COVID-19 risk, how medical care can be optimized during the pandemic, what patients should do to lower their risk of getting infected with SARS-CoV-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.