If you have a form of inflammatory (or autoimmune) arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis or lupus, you might be worried about how best to manage your condition during the coronavirus outbreak. If so, you are not alone. However, getting the facts from a trusted source can go a long way to alleviating your concerns.
In this video interview leading Sydney rheumatologist, Professor Paul Bird answers the most pressing questions from a group of immunocompromised patients, such as:
- Am I at increased risk of COVID-19?
- Should I wear a face mask?
- What precautions should I take if I still need to work?
- Should I continue to take my medications?
- Will my medications be available?
- How do telehealth appointments work?
You can also read the answers to these questions and more in the accompanying highlights document.
The video was produced by Janssen Australia with questions provided by CreakyJoints Australia, Arthritis Australia and Musculoskeletal Australia (MSK). Thank you to Professor Bird for taking the time to be part of this project.
The views and opinions expressed in this document are those of Professor Bird alone and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Janssen or CreakyJoints Australia. This information is current as of 26 March 2020 and is general information only. Always contact your healthcare professional for advice about your condition or your medication.
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- COVID-19: How to Access your Prescription Medications From Home – Updated 4 April 2020
- Important Information From the Australian Rheumatology Association About COVID-19
- How To Run A Peer Support Group From Home During The COVID-19 Lockdown