During the COVID-19 pandemic, myRAteam will provide summaries and links to articles of importance to people living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This page will be updated with information as it becomes available.
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Guidelines released in early February 2021 by the American College of Rheumatology COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Guidance Task Force recommend that people with autoimmune and rheumatic diseases get vaccinated against the virus. Many myRAteam members still have questions about the Covid-19 vaccine, so we sat down with Dr. Siddharth Tambar to discuss its efficacy and safety.
If you have RA and are treating it with medications, you may be at higher risk for infection generally.
The benefits of keeping your RA symptoms under control with medication likely outweigh the potential added risk of infection.
Manufacturers have recently committed to ramping up production of Hydroxychloroquine to meet the expected increase in demand. If you are concerned that shortages of Hydroxychloroquine may affect you, talk to your pharmacy and health care providers.
Take precautions in advance of any upcoming appointments, including monitoring your own health, considering how you will physically get to your appointment, and practicing social distance by leaving space between yourself and other people at a clinic.
Remind loved ones of the seriousness of your situation. According to research in China, people who had one additional disease had a 79 percent higher risk of requiring intensive care, needing a respirator, or dying as a result of COVID-19.
If there are others in your circle who take the threat seriously, ask them to talk to your loved one on your behalf.
Suggest ways to stay socially connected from a safe distance.