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Updated 30 June 2021
Information for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and other autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases (AIRD) in the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic
30 June 2021
This document provides an update on general information published on 18 June 2021. For specific questions please contact your rheumatologist.
At the beginning of the pandemic there was concern from patients and rheumatologists related to potential risks of being infected and adverse outcomes for rheumatology patients. Despite the Australian Department of Health identifying people with AIRD as vulnerable, the current international and local data are reassuring.
As your health care providers, all members of the Australian Rheumatology Association (ARA), (rheumatologists, nurses, physiotherapists, exercise physiologists and other allied health providers), are keen to provide you with information about COVID-19. We will aim to provide updates as new information becomes available.
For the latest advice, information and resources, please refer to Department of Health at COVID-19 resources.. There are resources available in a number of languages.
The National Coronavirus Health Information Line, 1800 020 080, operates 24 hours, 7 days a week. If translation or interpreting services are needed, call 131 450. The phone number of your state or territory public health agency is available at State and Territory Health Departments.