Many dermatology offices have remained open during the COVID-19 closures because they are medical offices, however, they've only accepted patients for emergencies. As states reopen, those dermatology offices will begin to accept in-person patients for elective procedures. So, should you wear a mask? The answer is yes.
"I would recommend that all patients continue to wear masks from when they leave their home until they return," said Estee Williams, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai. This is especially important for anyone who is considered high risk for COVID-19.
If you're seeing the dermatologist for something that involves your face, specially around your mouth, it will be possible to remove your mask once you're in the exam room. "For certain medical procedure that require mask removal, this can safely be done as long as the other people in the room are wearing masks," said Dr. Williams.
In addition to wearing a mask, be prepared to answer a few questions upon your arrival at the office. "Patients must have their temperature checked and must fill out an exposure questionnaire and fill out a COVID consent," said Michael Gold, MD, board-certified dermatologist for LUMENIS. "This will continue for a while until we are told we do not have to do this anymore."
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