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2020 Apr 30

Curr Treatm Opt Rheumatol

What Does the COVID-19 Pandemic Mean for Rheumatology Patients?


Pope JE
Curr Treatm Opt Rheumatol. 2020 Apr 30:1-4.
PMID: 32355607.


The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in uncertainty for patients with autoimmune rheumatic diseases for several reasons. They are concerned about their risk of developing COVID-19 as many are immune suppressed from their disease and/or treatment, whether they should stop their advanced therapies, if they will have a worse outcome if/when infected due to their underlying medication condition(s) and if they will have drug availability, especially with press (without much data) coverage suggesting hydroxychloroquine may be used in COVID-19 infection causing diversion of medication supply. This article discusses how the pandemic affects people with systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases.