The Rheumatology Network COVID-19 clinical focus page provides information on the latest COVID-19 news, study and clinical trial findings, and clinical guideline updates for the treatment of COVID-19. We feature expert interviews with leading physicians and investigators, articles, videos, podcasts, and breaking FDA approvals for COVID-19 drugs.

Q&A: Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to More Severe COVID-19 Outcomes

May 11, 2021

Bryant England, MD, PhD, discusses his study, "Risk of COVID‐19 in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A National Veterans Affairs Matched Cohort Study in At‐Risk Individuals." Investigators found that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are not only at a higher risk for contracting COVID-19, they are more likely to have severe outcomes, such as hospitalization and death, when compared with the general population.

Patients With Rheumatic Diseases Are More Likely to Avoid Healthcare During COVID-19 Pandemic

May 04, 2021

Poorer results were associated with lower socioeconomic status (SES) and not being able to access telehealth, which emphasizes the need for access to healthcare and attention to vulnerable populations, such as those with rheumatic diseases, during the pandemic.

Rheumatology Research Foundation Announces Additional Funds for Telehealth Studies

March 17, 2021

This week, Rheumatology Network sat down to interview S. Louis Bridges, MD, PhD, to highlight the availability of funds for projects exploring telehealth. Bridges is the President of the Rheumatology Research Foundation, as well as Physician-in-Chief and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), as well as Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at HSS and Weill Cornell College of Medicine.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Quiz: COVID-19 and RA Treatment

February 25, 2021

Some treatments for rheumatic diseases have shown promise for treating COVID-19, but many should be avoided in patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. How much do you know about the use of treatments for rheumatic diseases in patients with COVID-19? Take our quiz to find out.

American College of Rheumatology Releases COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Guidance

February 18, 2021

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has published guidance regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination for patients with rheumatic diseases, with emphasis placed on prioritizing immunocompromised patients to receive the vaccine.