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My partner is on a biological drug (juniors) for RA and

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My partner is on a biological drug (juniors) for RA and Ankylosis Spondylitis
With the covid 19 does she need to go into 12 weeks isolation and do we as a whole family need too also (as I am a teacher)
Submitted: 5 days ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  neurosurg replied 5 days ago.

Hello -

 

Well, certainly it would be best if everyone could go into isolation for 12 weeks and then the virus would essentially be stopped very quickly.

 

But people at high risk, taking medications that lower your immunity, should take extra precautions.

 

So the recommendation is to stay isolated, if possible, especially for those at high risk:

 

  • Those aged 70 or older.
  • Those with an underlying health condition listed below (i.e. anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, COPD, emphysema or bronchitis;
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure;
    • chronic kidney disease;
    • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis;
    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, a learning disability or cerebral palsy;
    • diabetes;
    • problems with the spleen, such as sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed;
    • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy;
    • being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above).
  • Those who are pregnant.

People at even greater risk:

  • People who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
  • People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
  • People with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
  • People with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)
Customer: replied 5 days ago.
I know this because I have read this already on the internet....I need to know more specifically in relation to taking humira...which is a TNF blocker. Where does she stand...is she high risk because of the side effects of taking it?
Expert:  neurosurg replied 5 days ago.

No, she isn't at high risk.

 

But the drug does decrease the body's immune response slightly.

So she would be at a slightly higher risk than if she weren't taking it.