Updated: COVID-19 vaccination recommendations in RMDs

This is the lay version of the EULAR recommendations for COVID-19 vaccination in people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. The original publication can be downloaded from the EULAR website: www.eular.org. Landewé RBM, Kroon FPB, Alunno A, et al. EULAR recommendations for the management and vaccination of people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases in the context […]

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Update: Using rheumatology drugs for COVID-19

This is the lay version of the EULAR points to consider on the use of medicines traditionally used in rheumatology to treat the inflammation seen in people with severe COVID-19. The original publication can be downloaded from the EULAR website: www.eular.org. Alunno A, et al. 2021 update of the EULAR points to consider on the […]

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Medication use for rheumatoid arthritis affects COVID-19 outcomes

People with rheumatoid arthritis treated with rituximab or JAKi have worse COVID-19 severity than those on TNFi INTRODUCTION COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new type of coronavirus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on 11 March 2020. COVID-19 has forced people to […]

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For COVID-19, general health status matters more than inflammatory arthritis

For people with inflammatory arthritis, overall COVID-19 risks are low and similar to those in the general population. INTRODUCTION COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new type of coronavirus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on 11 March 2020. COVID-19 has forced people […]

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Increased COVID-19 risk in autoimmune disease, but not more severe

People with autoimmune disease have an increased risk of getting infected with COVID-19, especially if they use steroid medicines. However, the risk of severe outcomes of COVID-19 such as hospitalisation or death is not increased. INTRODUCTION COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new type of coronavirus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). It […]

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COVID-19-related death in rheumatic diseases

This is the lay version of a paper published on behalf of the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance Consortium. It examines COVID-19-related death in people with rheumatic diseases. The original publication can be downloaded from the EULAR website: www.eular.org. Strangfeld A, et al. Factors Associated with COVID-19-related Death in People with Rheumatic Diseases: Results from the […]

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Connective tissue diseases may pose additional risk from COVID-19

In hospitalised patients, connective tissue diseases might contribute to worse COVID-19 infection INTRODUCTION COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new type of coronavirus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on 11 March 2020. COVID-19 has forced people to change their behaviours. The goal […]

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Cytokine storm is a treatable complication of COVID-19

Use of an immunosuppressive strategy can improve recovery and lower death rates in COVID-19-associated CSS. INTRODUCTION COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new type of coronavirus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on 11 March 2020. COVID-19 has forced people to change their […]

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Overlap in symptoms of rheumatic flare and COVID-19 may delay diagnosis

People with rheumatic diseases are more likely to suffer from severe symptoms of COVID-19. INTRODUCTION COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new type of coronavirus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on 11 March 2020. COVID-19 has forced people to change their behaviours […]

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No additional risk from COVID-19 for people with rheumatic diseases taking biologics and JAK inhibitors

There is no need for withdrawal of DMARDs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Introduction COVID-19 is caused by a new type of coronavirus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on 11 March 2020. COVID-19 has forced people to change their behaviours to try to limit […]

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