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COVID-19 and rheumatic disease

Latest news, guidance, and expert opinion for rheumatology professionals
Spotlight on: COVID-19 in rheumatic disease patients

Connective tissue disease may be risk factor for severe COVID-19

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Among people with inflammatory rheumatic diseases and SARS-CoV-2 infection, having a connective tissue disease, but not inflammatory arthritis, is associated with an increased risk for severe COVID-19, Spanish researchers report.

Spotlight on: Repurposing rheumatology drugs for COVID-19

‘Inconclusive’ evidence for the use of rheumatology drugs to treat COVID-19

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Findings from a systematic review and meta-analysis suggest that hydroxychloroquine is not associated with benefits or harms in terms of COVID-19 mortality, and more studies are needed to establish whether other rheumatology drugs could be used to treat the disease.

Spotlight on: Repurposing rheumatology drugs for COVID-19

IL-6 inhibitors show potential for COVID-19

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Add-on treatment with an IL-6 receptor inhibitor warrants further investigation for patients with severe COVID-19 pneumonia and systemic hyperinflammation, suggest preliminary findings from two Italian observational studies published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.


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