Updated: Mar 25
Most are concerned about Coronavirus, and those on a biologic are especially nervous. The Coronavirus strain is new and unknown. The best advice is to wash your hands, stay home if you don’t feel well, and continue on with your normal precautions.
Panicking, worrying, and stressing only causes lower immunity, and for many, can trigger flares.
Do not stop taking your medications; if you are considering doing this please talk to your medical professional. There is no data on the influence of any medications, including biologics and immune suppressants, regarding COVID-19. If you have questions please speak to your doctor and/or providers; they should follow their current practice.
If you feel you have come in contact with the virus or are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19, take the necessary steps (links below); this is for everyone, regardless if you have HS or if you’re taking a biologic.
UPDATED INFO FROM THE CDC DIRECTLY AS OF 3/24/20:
Thank you for writing to the Division of Drug Information in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER).
We are so sorry to learn that you have not been able to find the information you are looking for, and we appreciate that you chose to share your concerns with us. We offer the following comments for your consideration.
You and other members of the support group may wish to review the prescribing information for the medication you/they are currently taking. For your convenience, here is the prescribing information for Humira (adalimumab) and for Remicade (infliximab).
Humira PDF Google Link:
Remicade PDF Google link:
In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains a COVID-19 FAQ webpage, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html which includes information related to who is at “higher risk”: CDC Higher Risk https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html.
For the latest updates from FDA on COVID-19, you may wish to regularly check the following resources:
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Patients should speak with their health care provider who is familiar with the individuals’ current health status and past medical history. Please encourage members of the support group to discuss questions or concerns with their health care provider who can provide advice and care appropriate for their specific medical needs.
Division of Drug Information
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
Tel: 855-543-DRUG (855-543-3784)
Please take a moment to read this raw and powerful article: COVID-19 Update; 3/14/2020. A Message From Concerned Physicians
CDC protocol info is below, please take a few minutes to review all of these helpful sites.
World Health Organization (WHO) info:
10 Reasons Not to Panic: Putting things in perspective just to help you stay focused during this difficult time:
World O meter:
Understanding cancelled events and why it helps:
More helpful info:
Links to Coronavirus webinar very interesting and important information:
For those who are interested. Here are two very informative webinars from Islamic Medical Association of North America - IMANA regarding COVID19. This is real talk and great information by brilliant Physicians. Listen in the car, at work, or anywhere. Gain the best knowledge on the current situation and get all the updated answers to your questions.
United Way created a COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund. If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, use the search bar at 211neny.org or call 211 to speak to someone who can help.
Please see below website for full details:
If you have questions or concerns, please seek the advice of your medical professionals.
This is an awareness article for educational purposes
Written by Denise Panter-Fixsen
Edited by Brindley Kons