Many studies and research have warned people with chronic diseases of infection with the Corona virus, due to the weakness of their immune system, but there is another category that is vulnerable to infection, and they are those with autoimmune diseases.
Psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis are among the most common autoimmune conditions.Elderly patients with autoimmune diseases are at risk of developing COVID-19.
And doctors strongly advise not to stop or change the medication, as it may worsen their current condition by causing seizures.
According to the “timesofindia” website, some autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and ankylosing spondylitis require regular visits to the doctor to take medications by injection. Such patients cannot take the medication themselves or delay treatment for a long time due to the closure, and patients must wear a mask, gloves and a face shield. And carry hand sanitizer with them.
Dr Saban Pandya, Secretary of the Indian Rheumatology Association (IRA), said, “It is imperative to keep the symptoms of debilitating autoimmune conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis under control with ongoing medical advice and medication.
He continued, we advise patients to consult with doctors by phone or via video channels for follow-up or when any new symptoms appear, and in the event of a need to see a doctor, social distancing standards must be adhered to with all safety measures to visit hospitals and nearby clinics and not to neglect or delay treatment due to fear of contracting a disease. Covid. “