(Published April 7, 2020. Updated April 26,2020)
Are You At A Higher Risk For Coronavirus Infection?
Does having an autoimmune condition mean that you are at a higher risk for coronavirus infection? The truth is we do not know as of now. The coronavirus, which is responsible for the present pandemic is very new. Therefore we do not have enough information yet. (A pandemic is a disease outbreak that occurs in a large geographical area).
In general, there is a higher risk of all infections in people with autoimmune conditions.
There are 80-100 different autoimmune conditions. While the risk of infection in all autoimmune conditions may not be known, several studies have indicated that people with autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, are at a higher risk for all infections in general, particularly influenza and respiratory infections. (1) Ref (2) Ref[Read more…]
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