Website on Covid-19 skin rashes criticised for lack of BAME examples

A website dedicated to publishing pictures of and identifying Covid-19-related skin rashes has been criticised for sharing just two BAME examples.

The British Association of Dermatologists’ Covid-19 Skin Patterns website features around 400 images of Covid-19 associated rashes, but the collection features very few pictures of people with darker skin tones.

It shares images of rashes which were gathered by the Covid Symptom Study app in response to growing evidence that they are a side effect of the disease.

The list ranges from prickly heat and chickenpox-type rashes to raised itchy hives and chilblain-like “Covid fingers and toes.”

Evidence from the app showed the rashes were present in around 9 per cent of app users who had tested positive for Covid-19. Meanwhile, a sixth of children experienced a rash and no other symptoms.

Cosmetic doctor and founder of Adonia Medical clinic, Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme, told the Standard the lack of BAME examples being used in the medical sector is a “huge problem”.

She said: “This is a huge problem in our medical sector, this even occurs in medical literature as there is often a lack of representation especially in regards to black skin.

“I was disappointed when I saw the lack of black or brown skin but I was not surprised.”

Ore Odubiyi, the director of BME Medics, told the Guardian: “When we consider that certain BAME communities in the UK are disproportionately impacted by Covid-19, it is crucial that visual resources which show how Covid-related skin changes may appear in darker skin tones are made readily available at a similar standard seen in resources exemplifying signs of disease in fairer skin tones.”

A spokesman for the British Association of Dermatologists’ site