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What should we do regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

I'm just wondering that given us having RA and a compromised immune system are there any special precautions we should take?

  1. Hi Patricia. As someone with an autoimmune condition, you concerns about the coronavirus are understandable. For your protection, we cannot give medical advice over the internet. That said, it is considered that, much like the flu, those with RA are more susceptible to infection and complications. In addition, many of the medications (immunosuppressants) exacerbate this issue. It is important to be aware of local conditions and practice healthy lifestyle choices, as one would for the flu season - including steps to avoid exposure to germs. You may want to look at this page from the CDC for further guidance on these healthy habits: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/actions-prevent-flu.htm and this one for more specifics regarding COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html#anchor_1580064337377. Your doctor should be able to provide further guidance based on one's particular condition and the conditions in the local area. Wishing you the best. Richard (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

    1. Thank you so much. I think that this information and possibly a write up about this should be posted on the site. I'm sure I'm not the only person with RA inquiring about this. The media is really scaring me and my family. Especially since this virus seems to have the most impact on people in the 50-55 age group.

  2. So my cardiologist suggested the Pfizer vaccine as it ,according to current medical literature, has the bet protection rate. She stated that the Moderna is less effective and the 1 shot vaccine should not be used for immuno compromised persons as it has shown the lowest level of protection. Was also informed that it is concieveable that someone could still get COVID after the vaccine , but it would be a much milder case than if you were not vaccinated. Please check with your Drs before proceeding!

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