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Travel During COVID-19 Pandemic

Jan 18, 2021

The CDC has addressed the effects and the issues of domestic and international travel on its website.  Below is a sampling of key advice.

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2020 Rheumatology Year in Review

Jan 14, 2021

2020 was historic, memorable and game-changing. Under the cloud of COVID-19, there were many significant and memorable advances and setbacks for the rheumatology world. In our accounting of most read articles for 2020, (not surprisingly) 17/20 were COVID-related. Below, are our top news items

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A oatint infected with COVID-19- Yes they should get vaccinated ~90days after infection has resolved.Antibody testing is not needed before you are vaccinated. Evidence suggests that reinfection is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection.

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Jan 11, 2021
Preprint results of the REMAP-CAP trial in the UK shows that IL-6 inhibitors, when given within 24 hrs of ICU entry for COVID-19, lowers mortality rate by 36%. Hosp mortality in 353 TCZ was 28%, 48 sarilumab was 22% in 402 controls was 36%.

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Jan 11, 2021
ACR Convergence 2020 Late Breaking Abstracts available from the ACR "Spotlight" slide give away. 10 slides on COVID, Tyk2 in PsA, FAST febuxostat study, Tofa in AS and novel drugs for SLE and PSS https://t.co/DvcDyusCUR

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Jan 11, 2021
RheumNow Podcast is up! Benlysta safety, HCQ lowers thromboses, HCQ adherence, Telemedicine, Actemra in COVID,, 2021 looking forward and zoomatology!

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Jan 10, 2021

RheumNow Podcast – Lights, Camera, Zoom (1.8.2021)

Jan 08, 2021

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news, journal articles and favorite blogs from this past week on RheumNow.com.

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Head to RheumNow for our latest Covid-19 articles. https://t.co/TiB7739ONL

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Jan 07, 2021
2021 Whatever it Takes Let me be blunt. If you’re still waiting for this whole COVID thing to be over with – you’re drifting, going nowhere and you’re setting yourself up for a long hard winter, spring and summer of 2021.
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Jan 06, 2021
Nice Yale Medicine overview of MIS-C (multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children) due to COVID-19 https://t.co/oYOlJFHzuN

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Jan 06, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccination - Phase Ib Begins The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a timeline guidance document on when, how and who should get the commercially available COVID-19 vaccines.
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Jan 06, 2021
WooHoo. Got my 2nd Covid-19 vax shot. Now my B cells are in overdrive against the nasty COVID. Please get yours. ASAP https://t.co/rRj44GpJxl
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Jan 06, 2021
Study of 2050 Northern Italian arthritis clinic pts; where 1.1-1.4% of population developed COVID-19. Steroid use was independently associated with increased COVID risk (adj OR 1.23 to 3.20). But Rx w/ ts/bDMARDs had reduced risk (adj OR 0.46).

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Jan 05, 2021
#Bestof2020 Plaquenil Does Not Protect Lupus Patients from COVID-19 https://t.co/R5S7phlqYb https://t.co/HDlDfE98RQ
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Jan 04, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination - Phase Ib Begins

Jan 04, 2021

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a timeline guidance document on when, how and who should get the commercially available COVID-19 vaccines. 

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NEJM: Actemra Studied in COVID pneumonia and shown to improve outcomes (mech ventilation or death ;12 vs 19.3%) but did not improve survival (10.4 vs 8.6%).

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Jan 04, 2021

Telemedicine Less Utilized in the South and Urban Areas

Jan 04, 2021

MMWR has reported on a July 2020 survey study from 1,009 Health Resources and Services Administration–funded health centers showing that urban Health centers were more likely to provide virtual visits than those in rural areas.



Telehealth has expanded healthcare access, especially in

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Plaquenil Does Not Protect Lupus Patients from COVID-19 (Best of 2020)

Dec 31, 2020

Annals of Rheumatic Disease reports on an analysis of lupus (SLE) patients that shows COVID-19 infection rates were similar between those lupus patients who were taking hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and those not taking HCQ. 

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#Bestof2020 My Experience as a COVID19 Vaccine Trial Participant https://t.co/bMJoTR5mgv https://t.co/7QJqhXhhCX
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Dec 29, 2020
Race/ethnicity Associated with Poor Outcomes in Rheum Patients with COVID-19 : Dr. Dey ( @DrMiniDey) #acr20 https://t.co/ecenB2i5At https://t.co/q8QJ5CxqBF
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Dec 28, 2020

Best of 2020: Infusions in the Time of Coronavirus

Dec 28, 2020

After years of bemoaning the challenges of telemedicine, our rheumatology clinic transition entirely to a remote clinic in the space of a week. One of the few good things to come out of this crisis is that we may learn that in-person visits are not as critical as we thought, which may in turn

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COVID Vaccine Q & A - Dr Kevin Winthrop talks on the use and caveats to COVID-19 vaccination in patients with rheumatic disease and taking biologic and DMARD therapies. https://t.co/EJL6hVLnrp https://t.co/xkCRRHtkV9
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Dec 28, 2020
#BestACR20Tweets Cohort study from NYC shows that patients w/COVID and autoimmune disease were not at an increased risk for a ICU admission, intubation, or death (adjOR 0.79, 95%CI 0.37-1.67). AI pts had more comorbidities (26% vs.

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Dec 28, 2020
#BestACR20Tweets Racial/ethnic minorities with rheum Dz(RD) & COVID had increased odds of hospitalization & vent support. 1,324 pts w/ RD+COVID, 36% hospitalized, 6% died.
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Dec 27, 2020
#BestACR20Tweets RT @KDAO2011 : Abstr#0013 TEASER! Colchicine may improve COVID19 outcomes in hospitalized patients. 50 pts 1:1 colchicine vs. PCB + standard of care: Colchicine group 2X more likely to be d/c from hospital, and less likely to die. Larger studies needed! #ACR20

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Dec 24, 2020
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