Information about the COVID-19 virus for people with APS
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is unprecedented in our history. As there are so many unsubstantiated claims, counter-claims and dangerous advice circulating around social media and also in the press, our Medical Advisors have created these guidelines to help and reassure you.
Currently, the UK government recommends that anyone who qualifies for a flu vaccination on medical grounds is considered to be in the high-risk group.
At present, APS is not specified in the government’s list of high-risk medical conditions, but advice is changing rapidly and we will keep monitoring the situation.
As of 18th March 2020, the government website states: “there are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this category, next week the NHS in England will directly contact you with advice the more stringent measures you should take in order to keep yourself and others safe. For now, you should rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full”.
The advice is similar from NHS Scotland, NHS Wales and Health & Social Care Services in Northern Ireland.
If you are taking anticoagulants such as aspirin, clopidogrel, rivaroxaban and warfarin, you will not be considered to be more vulnerable as these drugs do not suppress the immune system; therefore, you are not, currently, expected to self-isolate.
However, if you have lupus and APS and take steroids or immunosuppressants you are advised to self- isolate and make sure you follow the government’s social distancing measures.
Our friends at LUPUS UK have provided some COVID-19 guidelines so please have a look at their website if you want to know more.