In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the American Academy of Dermatology has issued recommendations for providers aimed at keeping their patients and practice staff safe.

Based on guidance from the CDC and WHO, the AAD recommends that practices place additional hand sanitizers and wipes in all populated rooms in the clinic to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It is important to continue proper hygiene by cleaning hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub between every encounter and entrance and exit in the exam room and to practice social distancing whenever possible through nodding, smiling and waving instead of shaking hands. All patients should be educated on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 infection, with the request that they inform their primary care physician if symptoms develop or if they are exposed to anyone who may have been in contact with the disease.