Coronavirus and Arthritis: What You Need to Know

Learn what the current science says about COVID-19 and how it may affect people with arthritis. 

Get answers to top questions about the coronavirus and arthritis so you can best protect yourself and your family. As we continue to monitor the pandemic, news about virus may change, so check back regularly. 

Infection Risk and Prevention

  • Transmission and contagiousness
  • Complications and mortality risk
  • Protective Measures
  • Supplements
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Symptoms and Exposure

  • Common symptoms and disease course
  • Immunity and re-infection
  • What to do in case of virus exposure
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Medications and Treatments

  • Arthritis medications and infection risk
  • Experimental and approved treatments for COVID-19
  • Medication shortages
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COVID-19 Vaccines

  • Vaccine news and developments
  • Vaccine effectivess and response
  • Recommendations about boosters and more
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Juvenile Arthritis and COVID-19

  • Infection risk and possible complications for children with JA
  • Symptoms in children
  • Protective measures for entire family
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Recovery and Outcomes

  • Likelihood of hospitalization and complications with arthritis
  • Hospital recovery outcomes for people with autoimmune diseases
  • Mortality risk for people with autoimmune diseases
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Coronavirus and COVID-19 Experts

Our gratitude to the following contributors and reviewers:

Joyce Chang, MD, pediatric rheumatologist, Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Jeffrey Curtis, MD, MPH, professor of medicine, rheumatology and immunology and senior scientist, University of Alabama, Birmingham

Liana Fraenkel, MD, a rheumatologist and professor of medicine at Yale Medical School in New Haven, Connecticut.

Michael George, MD, rheumatologist and assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia

Yukiko Kimura, MD, chief of pediatric rheumatology, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and professor of pediatrics at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall, South Orange, New Jersey

Silvia Lapidus, MD, pediatric rheumatology, Hackensack Meridian Health in New Jersey

Andrew Laster, MD, rheumatologist, Arthritis & Osteoporosis Consultants of the Carolinas, in Charlotte

Erica Lawson, MD, pediatric rheumatologist and associate professor University of California, San Francisco

Peter Nigrovic, MD, associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, director, Center for Adults with Pediatric Rheumatic Illness (CAPRI), Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston

Daniel Solomon, MD, MPH, rheumatologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School

Richard K. Vehe, MD, director of the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis

Jennifer Weiss, MD, pediatric rheumatologist, Hackensack Meridian Health in New Jersey

Kevin Winthrop, MD, a specialist in infectious disease epidemiology at OHSU School of Medicine in Portland, Oregon

Additional Information

Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work

Learn about the vaccines that help the body fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

What to Expect at Your COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment

Learn what happens before, during and after a COVID-19 vaccination.

COVID-19 Treatments

Treatments for COVID-19 should be prescribed by your doctor. Learn about common treatments if you get sick. 

CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker

Learn about distribution efforts in your state.

COVID-19 Registry

The COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance is a registry for health care providers to enter data about rheumatology patients infected by the coronavirus. Talk to your doctor about supporting this effort to help clinicians evaluate risks, assess and treat patients. 

Arthritis Medication Assistance During COVID-19

Find a list of resources to help answer your questions about medication costs, supply and access during the pandemic.


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