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COVID-19 and inflammatory rheumatic disease: some key issues answered

The currently available data suggest that patients with inflammatory rheumatic conditions do not exhibit an increased frequency of COVID-19 infection or a more severe course of the disease in general. General risk factors – such as older age, obesity, cardiovascular conditions, chronic lung conditions, hypertension, and diabetes – seem to be much more important in this respect.

During a unique virtual press conference, Prof. Gerd Burmester (EULAR Public Affairs Officer; Charité University Hospital, Germany) addressed some issues regarding medication, inflammatory rheumatic disease, and COVID-19 infection [1]. He emphasised that discontinuing immunomodulatory medication is not a good idea, as patients with inflammatory rheumatic disease do not have an increased frequency of infection with COVID-19 nor experience a more severe course of the infection. Moreover, stopping therapy may trigger a relapse of the disease, which may lead to an unfavourable immunolog...



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