Clinical features of patients with rheumatic diseases and COVID-19 infection in Sarawak, Malaysia

Sharifah Aishah, Wan and Cheng, Lay Teh and Benjamin Sachdev, Manjit Singh and Yaw, Kiet Cheong and Seow, Lin Chuah and Ahmad Tirmizi, Jobli (2020) Clinical features of patients with rheumatic diseases and COVID-19 infection in Sarawak, Malaysia. Ann Rheum Dis. pp. 1-2.

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Abstract

We read with great interest the article by Ye et al1 describing the clinical features and outcomes of patients with rheumatic diseases and COVID-19 in Wuhan, China. It concluded that length of hospital stay and mortality were similar between patients with rheumatic diseases and non-rheumatic groups, while respiratory failure was more common in patients with rheumatic diseases infected with COVID-19. D’Silva et al2 and Zhao et al3 subsequently highlighted the differences of clinical severity and outcomes in their respective cohorts of patients with rheumatic diseases and COVID-19. Fredi et al4 presented data from northern Italy which supported an association of elderly age and the presence of comorbidities with a poor outcome of COVID-19 infection, rather than the type of rheumatic disease or background medications. The Global Rheumatology Alliance5has recently published data of characteristics associated with hospitalisation for COVID-19 among patients with rheumatic diseases. We would like to share the clinical course of COVID-19 among patients with rheumatic diseases in Sarawak.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19, rheumatic diseases, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Tuah
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2020 02:49
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2020 02:49
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/30794

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