Steroid & Immunosuppressant Medications May Pose Risk For More Severe Covid19 Infection

Steroid & Immunosuppressant Medications Pose Major Risk For Covid19 Infection
Individuals taking a class of steroid hormones called glucocorticoids (steroids) for conditions such as asthma, allergies and arthritis (or autoimmune conditions) on a routine basis may be unable to mount a normal stress response and are at higher risk if they are infected with COVID-19, according to a new editorial published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Alternatively, those who have been taking corticosteroid medication on an ongoing basis may temporarily need higher doses of their steroid medication in the event that they become infected with Covid19, and should consider discussing this with their specialists preemptively.


Please note that Covid19 is so new that there is no evidence that chronic use of inhaled steroids for asthma can increase the risk associated with Covid19 infection.  However, the mildly immuno-suppressive effects caused by chronic steroid use, including inhaled and intranasal steroids, have been long known.  So this is a relevant concern and a good topic to discuss with the prescribing physician or specialist.  

Original Research: Open access
“Our Response to COVID-19 as Endocrinologists and Diabetologists”. Ursula B Kaiser, Raghavendra G Mirmira, Paul M Stewart.
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism doi:10.1210/clinem/dgaa148
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