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An update on cutaneous manifestations of COVID-19

Dermatologist around the globe have mobilized and are actively collecting data on how the novel virus attacks the skin.   Like many other systemic conditions, skin findings can be an important clue to diagnosis as well as a sign that could portend the beginning of more serious progression as well as certain manifestation that could herald a more benign course.  

In the early stages of COVID, the primary concern was the effect the virus had on the pulmonary system.  Sick patients who were coming into the ER were not given skin exams.  As the crisis evolves, we are understanding the potential damage the virus can do to many organ systems.

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