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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
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
Click to view the latest NHS guidance:
If you feel unwell or notice any of the
symptoms of coronavirus, call NHS 111
to get advice on whether you need to
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
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.
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.