SLE ( Systemic Lupus Erythematosus )

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus ( SLE ) is the most common form of lupus. Widespread inflammation and tissue damage of joints, skin, brain, lungs, kidneys, and blood vessels occur due to the immune system attacking its own healthy tissues. Below are COVID news and research updates that specifically relate to SLE.

Study Finds That SLE Diagnosis Doubles Risk of Death From COVID Infection

Data coming from Brazil has indicated that those living with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are at higher risk of acute respiratory death syndrome (ARDS) from COVID-19 than the general population. ARDS is responsible for up to 20% of COVID-19 deaths in Brazil, and includes a positive COVID-19 PCR test and flu-like symptoms, “in addition to any of the following criteria: dyspnea/ respiratory discomfort, persistent pressure in the chest, desaturation less than 95% in room air, or having a bluish color of the lips or face.”

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