Immuno-Suppressive Drugs May Not Increase Risk of COVID-19:
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A group of researchers claim that people who are on immunosuppressants for common skin and rheumatic conditions including rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis are not at an increased risk of getting COVID-19 and should continue to take the medications, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

THE STUDY:

• For the study, the researchers did a retrospective cohort analysis of patients at the Henry Ford Healthcare System who tested positive for COVID-19 between 1 February and 18 April 2020.

• About 213 patients with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMID) were included in the study. Out of these about 36.2 % tested positive for COVID-19.

FINDINGS:

• 36.2% patients who had tested positive for COVID-19 did not show any higher risk of hospitalisation or need for ventilation.

• Those who were taking prescribed TNF alpha inhibitors had a lower chance of hospitalisation.

• Those who were on single-drug treatment did not have a high risk of getting COVID-19 or developing a severe condition.

• However, those on multiple-drug therapy were at a higher risk of getting hospitalised.

Previous evidence: Those who are taking immunosuppressive drugs were intuitively included under the high-risk category for COVID-19 along with people with weak immunity, the elderly and those with chronic conditions. However, in the absence of clinical evidence, scientists have since been dubious about this recommendation.

Source: https://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(20)32290-8/fulltext
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