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Curr Psychol ; : 1-10, 2021 Jun 28.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2285859


Currently, a very important thread of research on COVID-19 is to determine the dimension of the psychopathological emotional reactions induced by the COVID-19 pandemic. A non-experimental online research project was designed to determine the predictors of the severity of psychopathological symptoms, such as depression and PTSD symptoms, and the nature of the feedback mechanism between them in groups of men, remaining in hospital isolation due to infection and at-home isolation during the COVID-19 epidemic. The presence of symptoms of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a sense of threat due to the pandemic were assessed using the following screening tests: IES-R by Weiss and Marmar, PHQ-9 by Spitzer et al., and a self-constructed sliding scale for assessing COVID-19 anxiety. The study was carried out on a group of 57 firefighting cadets, hospitalized in a COVID-19 isolation room (Mage = 23.01), staying in isolation due to SARS-CoV-2 virus infection and a control group of 57 healthy men (Mage = 41.38) staying at home during quarantine and national lockdown. COVID-19 pandemic causes many psychopathological reactions. The predictive models revealed that the predictors of symptoms of PTSD in isolated patients included depression and the experienced sense of COVID-19 threat resulting from the disease, while in the control group the symptoms of depression were the only predictor of PTSD. PTSD experiences are usually associated with depression. It may also be a form of the re-experiencing process or the effect of high affectivity, indirectly confirmed by the participation of hyperarousal in the feedback loop. Our findings highlight the importance of mental health aspects in patients treated during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic requires social distancing, quarantine and isolation, which may cause psychopathological symptoms not only in affected people, but also in the general population. Moreover, the need for greater psychological support can be emphasized for both: the sick and the general population.

J Dermatolog Treat ; 33(3): 1581-1584, 2022 May.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-977317


BACKGROUND: Biologics are used for the treatment of patients with moderate to severe psoriasis. According to the recommendations of major global dermatological associations, patients who had not reported clinical symptoms or close contact with a confirmed/probable COVID-19 case in the last 14 days can continue biologic therapy. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to determine the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection, its clinical manifestations and the influence of COVID-19 on the course of the underlying disease in patients with moderate to severe psoriasis and aggressive psoriatic arthritis undergoing biologic therapy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: All 61 patients with moderate to severe psoriasis treated with biologics in the Dermatology Department of Central Clinical Hospital of Ministry of the Interior and Administration in Warsaw were enrolled into the study. Firstly, the medical histories of these patients were assessed for occurrence of severe adverse events, COVID-19 symptoms and deaths. Afterwards, the prevalence of serum anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, and severity of COVID-19 were assessed. RESULTS: Ten patients in the study group have developed anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. One patient presented with mild COVID-19 symptoms. CONCLUSION: While our study had a small sample size, ongoing biologic treatment in psoriasis was not associated with severe form of COVID-19.

Biological Products , COVID-19 , Psoriasis , Biological Products/therapeutic use , Biological Therapy , COVID-19/epidemiology , Humans , Prevalence , Psoriasis/complications , Psoriasis/drug therapy , Psoriasis/epidemiology , SARS-CoV-2