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COVID 19 Updates from RheumNow

ACR COVID-19 Guidance for Rheumatic Disease Patients

On April 11th, the ACR Board of Directors approved a COVID-19 guidance document written by an ACR task force charged with updating and clarifying recommendations for rheumatologists and rheumatic disease patient management during the current COVID-19 crisis.

Post 9/11 Autoimmune Disease Risk

The 9/11/01 terrorist attach on the World Trade Center (WTC)  resulted in at least 2,977 fatalities, over 25,000 injuries, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.  Arthritis & Rheumatology reports that dust cloud exposure among responders and PTSD among

RheumNow Podcast – The Beginning of Something Else (4.10.20)

Dr Jack Cush reviews the news and journal reports from the past week on

Coagulopathy and Antiphospholipid Antibodies with Covid-19

The New England Journal of Medicine has featured a report of three COVID infected patients, who developed peripheral and central infarcts with a antiphospholipid antibodies. 

Urgent or Not

Rheumatologic practice has been turned upside down as a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis. 

TNR - Grand Rounds: Safety of Biologics & New Agents

On Tuesday, April 7th, RheumNow hosted its first Tuesday Nite Rheumatology webinar - kicking off a two-month series of Rheumatology Grand Rounds lectures.  The first session featured Jack Cush, MD (UT Southwestern) who lectured on "The Safety of Biologics and Newer Agents".

Incubation Period for COVID-19

The incubation period for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has important implications for surveillance and control activities. The Annals of Internal Medicine reports a pooled analysis of confirmed COVID-19 cases January 4, 2020 and February 24, 2020.

COVID-19 Susceptibility: Why Do Some Become So Ill?

Why are some people with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19 so ill while others barely notice the infection?

NICE Guidelines on Managing Rheumatologic Conditions During COVID-19 Pandemic

On April 3rd, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK, published a rapid guideline for managing children and adults with rheumatological autoimmune, inflammatory and metabolic bone disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic, while protecting staff from infection.

COVID Town Hall Meeting for Rheumatology

On Thursday, April 2nd, RheumNow hosted its' first Town Hall Meeting for Rheumatologist, with this 90 minute discussion devoted to the COVID-19 crisis as it affects Rheumatologists. 

RheumNow Podcast – Pandemic Numbers (4.3.20)

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news on COVID-19 and FDA actions this past week. Be sure to check out:

Universal Masking for COVID?

In early March 2020, there were widespread recommendations that wearing routine "surgical masks" by the public sector was not likely to be helpful or advisable.


There’s a saying that anyone driving faster than you is crazy and anyone driving slower doesn’t know how to drive. Similar with COVID-19: anyone taking more precautions than you has an anxiety issue and anyone taking fewer is an idiot.

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Dr C Kershaw @UTSWNews grand rounds on ventilation in #COVID19 Why putting pts in prone position might help with ARDS ⁦@RheumNow⁩
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ACR Guidance for Rheumatic Disease during COVID-19 pandemic #Rheumatology @RheumNow
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NICE guidelines on managing rheumatologic conditions during COVID-19 #Rheumatology @RheumNow
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Dr. Kavanaugh said it well in his blog on the "Upside of Covid" Humanity is really shining thru these days. Im truly touched by all my patients who ask about my health and my safety during COVID-19 == we all have to look out for each other!

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NY State study shows 13.9% of population to be COVID (+) by Antibody testing; (+) means previously exposed. (+) COVID results were not different between all age groups. Given 15,500 deaths in NY, that means the COVID death rate is 0.5%

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