COVID-19 is a scary diagnosis for anybody. But if you have an autoimmune disease like Lupus, then the coronavirus can be even more challenging. How does a lupus diagnosis affect a COVID-19 diagnosis? Will lupus patients experience more severe side effects? How can I keep myself healthy as an autoimmune patient? Get the facts in the article below.
Are Lupus Patients More Likely to Get COVID?
As you know, all lupus patients are different. Generally speaking though, lupus patients are considered to be at a higher risk for COVID-19 because they are immunocompromised. This risk increases for patients on immunosuppressive drugs. However, this doesn’t just put these patients at risk for COVID, it puts them at risk for developing infections in general.
Should I Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
When it comes to lupus and Covid, this is perhaps the most common concern. Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for lupus patients? In short, the answer is yes. The vaccine is safe, effective, and a great way to reduce your chances of getting sick.
However, while lupus patients can (and should!) get vaccinated, you may have another health condition that requires you to avoid the vaccine. Talk to your doctor about your health and medical history. They will help you make the best choice.
Staying Safe After Vaccination
According to the CDC, it is now safe to resume daily activities without a mask if you are fully vaccinated. However, keep in mind that lupus does increase your risk of getting seriously ill from COVID. This means that, even after vaccination, it’s important to stay safe. Continue wearing your mask in crowded public areas, wash your hands frequently, and continue seeing your doctor. This will help you stay healthy- regardless of your vaccine status.
Talk to a Rheumatologist
If you want more information about lupus and COVID, then it’s best to talk to a rheumatologist. They will have specific information that can help you understand your risks and stay safe. Houston Rheumatology provides lupus care and so much more. Call us today to learn how we can help you take charge of your health.