We hope that you are all staying safe and healthy. Our primary concern is your safety and well-being so we will continue using telehealth at this time until further notice. Our virtual visits are working and have allowed us to stay connected to all of you during this challenging time. Because we do not know how long this situation will last, we have opened up virtual visits to include new patient consults as well as overdue annual wellness visits so that patients can continue to get needed medical care.
We are hoping to have more information in the coming weeks regarding the effects of COVID-19 on our patients with rheumatic diseases. On March 12, 2020, the Global Rheumatology Alliance Registry was formed that will study COVID-19. It is an expansive open registry for all patients with rheumatic illness that contract the virus. This group includes rheumatologists, epidemiologists, immunologists, and patient representatives from around the world. This group will also be assessing the role of rheumatic medications in the management of COVID-19 including the effects of anti-malarial medications and anti-cytokine targeted therapies. We are very grateful for all of their efforts and again, hope to have valuable information for you in the next few weeks.
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Please reach out to our office if you need anything. Take good care of yourself during this time and continue to practice social distancing.
Susan A. Baker, MD and Staff