FREQUENCY OF CUTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS IN COVID-19
Objective: To provide an insight into the frequency of cutaneous manifestations in patients with Corona Virus Disease of 2019 COVID-19), along with an association of these findings with the severity of the disease.
Study Design: Cross-sectional study.
Place and Duration of Study: Tertiary care hospital, Rawalpindi Pakistan, from May to Jul 2020.
Methodology: We collected data from 412 confirmed cases of COVID-19 patients directly who were >12 years of age. The data included names of patients, their genders, ages, dates of admission, severity category, presence or absence of symptoms and cutaneous findings along with description of cutaneous findings if present. The data was evaluated using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 23.
Results: Eleven out of the total 412 patients with COVID-19 included in our study were found to have cutaneous findings. The frequency of cutaneous manifestations associated with COVID-19 was calculated to be 11 (2.7%). Increasing age proved to be positively correlated with increasing severity of the disease whereas no association was found between gender and severity of the disease.
Conclusion: Infection with COVID-19 may result in dermatological manifestations with various clinical presentations, which may aid in better understanding and management of the disease.