René Cordzt, MD Aalborg University Hospital, has investigated the incidence of COVID-19 hospitalization in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). One important learning is that even though patients with RA had a higher risk of COVID-19-related hospitalization, the benefit of vaccination was similar to that of their peers in the population. In this article he gives his insights to the findings in the study, as well as thoughts on how to keep the risk of serious outcomes of COVID-19 low moving forward.
René Cordtz is a medical doctor and a post-doc at The Center of Rheumatic Research Aalborg at Aalborg University Hospital in Denmark. He has worked in the field of rheumatic epidemiology for more than 10 years, and has investigated intensively into COVID-19 risks in rheumatic patients for the past 3 years.