When treating COVID-19 in people with autoimmune diseases that cause malfunctioning of the immune system, they carry the infection in the same way as other patients. This was told by the head of the All-Russian public organization of disabled people - patients with multiple sclerosis, Doctor of Medical Sciences Yan Vlasov in a conversation with RT.
“Our patients carry the disease as well as the population average, despite having such a severe chronic disease. Somehow the body can withstand this kind of viral load,”Vlasov said.
He noted that in the event of an exacerbation of an autoimmune disease in a patient, it is necessary first of all to treat him, despite the coronavirus. The exception is lung damage, in which "all forces are thrown into a threatening condition."
Doctor of Medical Sciences Dmitry Karateev, in turn, also said that an autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis has nothing to do with coronavirus, therefore, treatment is prescribed as usual. "If a person gets sick with a coronavirus infection, and he has a severe course, it will not depend on whether he is sick with rheumatoid arthritis or another disease," he said.
However, in the case of diabetes, as Yuri Poteshkin, Associate Professor of the Department of Endocrinology of the Medical Faculty of the Russian National Research Medical University named after Pirogov, Ph.D. Yuri Poteshkin, said, there is a possibility of getting sick with COVID-19 more severely. “In diabetes mellitus, in principle, there are higher other inflammations, and the coronavirus is just associated with inflammation, that is, it will increase significantly in diabetes,” he explained.
Earlier, the infectious disease doctor Valery Besnosenko called diabetes mellitus, as well as excess weight and cardiovascular diseases, the most dangerous factors in infection with coronavirus. He noted that data on other factors that influence the course of the disease are not well known.