COVID-19 Vaccination Strategies Suggested for Patients on Antirheumatic Immunosuppressive Therapy

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – UK experts propose evidence-based management strategies for rheumatology patients on immunosuppressive therapy, including delaying/postponing rituximab, as appropriate. “The aim of this viewpoint article is to outline the existing data on the effect of antirheumatic therapy on vaccine responses in patients with inflammatory arthritis, and to…

Fever Scanners for COVID-19 May Be Inaccurate, FDA Warns

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s  Coronavirus Resource Center. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert to consumers, healthcare providers, and other users of thermal imaging systems that measure body temperature that improper use may produce inaccurate readings. The systems have…

Four Phases Help COVID Patients Ease Back Into Exercise

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s  Coronavirus Resource Center. Once patients who have had COVID-19 are symptom-free for at least 7 days, clinicians can assess their risk for beginning an exercise regimen and help them start slowly, new research advises. Guidance on how clinicians can…

Why COVID-19 May Be More Deadly Than Flu, Other Coronaviruses

Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Although cytokine storms are not unique to COVID-19, they are triggered in an unusual way that makes them potentially more severe and deadly compared with those triggered by influenza or other coronaviruses, new evidence reveals. Important differences in the…

House OKs $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Package

Billions of dollars to expand the fight against the coronavirus are included in the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package approved early Saturday morning in the U.S. House of Representatives. President Joe Biden urged quick action on the “the American Rescue Plan,” which now heads to the Senate. “We have no…

Janssen/J&J COVID-19 Vaccine Cuts Transmission, New Data Show

Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. New findings suggest the Janssen/Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine can reduce the risk of an immunized person unknowingly passing along the virus to others. The single-dose vaccine reduces the risk of asymptomatic transmission by 74% at 71 days compared…

COVID-19 Vaccination Recommended for Rheumatology Patients

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. People with rheumatic diseases should get vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 as soon as possible, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) recommends. “It may be that people with rheumatic diseases are at increased risk of developing COVID or…