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Further advice and useful resources

Should I still go to work?

We cannot offer individual advice about your work. Please speak to your employer to discuss working arrangements if you are at high risk.

You should follow government advice, for example working from home, if possible.

You should contact occupational health if available at your workplace.

If you have been assessed as very high risk then you should have received a letter or text from either the rheumatology department, GP or NHS England. You have been advised to shield.

Please see this link for details

 What if I am showing symptoms of Coronavirus or have been in close contact with someone who has it?

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE HOSPITAL OR YOUR GP’S SURGERY IF YOU HAVE A CONTINUOUS COUGH AND OR A FEVER. You should self-isolate and follow NHS advice, which is continuously updated click for guidance.

If you develop a viral infection, immunosuppressants will need to be paused, as with any infection. If you are off your immunosuppressant medication for longer than 2 weeks please inform your rheumatology team. Of particular note, steroids should NOT be stopped suddenly if you have taken them for more than 4 weeks.

Useful Websites

Versus Arthritis patient FAQ about coronavirus

Government information on coronavirus

Government advice about shielding if in a high risk category

Click here to assess your coronavirus risk and if you should be shielding


  Return to rheumatology covid-19 response page


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