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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and you – information and advice
for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

  • While it’s true that some medications for RA affect the immune system, it’s also the case that poorly
    controlled RA can lower your resistance to infection. The advice from experts in rheumatology is
    to continue with your RA medications unless told otherwise by your healthcare team – and take
    all the steps you can to stay safe.1

  • Stay at home to help reduce the spread
    of coronavirus, and follow the advice on
    regular handwashing, covering your mouth
    and nose when coughing and sneezing, and
    avoiding close contact with people who
    are unwell.1,2

  • Make sure you are up to date with your
    vaccinations. People with compromised
    immune systems are advised to have the
    influenza and pneumococcal vaccines,
    with or without the presence of a coronavirus
    outbreak.2

  • Click to view the latest NHS guidance:
    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-
    covid-19/

  • If you feel unwell or notice any of the
    symptoms of coronavirus, call NHS 111
    to get advice on whether you need to
    be tested.1

  • If you are very unwell with a fever, follow
    the advice you’ve been given by your
    rheumatology team
    on what to do in
    this situation. If possible, contact your GP
    or the rheumatology team to discuss
    your situation.1

IMPORTANT:

The advice given is the most up to date at the time of writing,
but we advise you to check NHS and government advice regularly
for any updates.

Support groups – remember you are not alone,
and you can find advice and support from the following organisations:

References:

1. NRAS. Coronavirus: What we know so far. Available at: https://www.nras.org.uk/news/coronavirus-what-we-know-so-far. Last accessed: April 2020.

2. NHS. Advice for everyone. Coronavirus (COVID-19). Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/. Last accessed: April 2020.