Like many of us, I’m seeing more television commercials than usual. I am struck by how many of these are ads for treating psoriasis. Now, I understand that having psoriasis can be a serious problem for many people. It is an autoimmune condition which means that the body is attacking itself. It can lead to more serious autoimmune issues affecting the joints. But what I don’t think most people realize is that these drugs act by suppressing the immune system. Think about that. What that means to me is that if people taking these drugs are exposed to Covid-19 they are much more likely to become infected and to have a much more difficult time fighting off the infection.
I have seen patients develop severe infections while on these drugs. I believe it is unethical to be promoting these drugs in the midst of the epidemic. Especially because there are other ways to treat this condition naturally.