In many parts of the country, COVID-19 has forced the closure of bars, restaurants, hair salons, spas, and even some doctor’s offices. Physicians have been urged to cancel or postpone elective surgeries in order to free hospital beds for a predicted surge in patients. To comply with social distancing advisories, some dermatologists in private practice have also shuttered their doors to non-emergency appointments. With physical offices closed, doctors are turning to virtual visits as a means of treating patients from afar.
For dermatologists and their patients, the push toward teledermatology means doctor visits can occur even while under self-quarantine.