Resource Latest COVID-19 updates All NRAS updates on COVID-19 will be included in this section. This will include updates on NRAS and what we are doing about the COVID-19 pandemic and more general updates from leading health organisations on the latest information and advice for RA patients. Print Article Frequently asked questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19) Commonly asked questions about government guidelines and vaccines. News, 10 Dec Temporary suspension of some NRAS Services During what is increasingly a difficult time financially for the entire charity/third sector, NRAS has made the difficult decision to put the majority of its employees on furlough leave. We will do all we can to minimise the impact on our beneficiaries and service users, but it will mean that some services are restricted between […] News, 17 Dec Update on COVID-19 Vaccine We are receiving many calls and enquiries about the vaccine and how that may impact people with RA or JIA. 17/12/2020 The most up to date guidance on which groups of people will be eligible to receive the vaccine(s) and in what priority can find out more at www.gov.uk/government/groups/joint-committee-on-vaccination-and-immunisation. As progress is being made at […] News, 10 Nov NRAS statement on the breaking news regarding the Pfizer Vaccine The Pfizer vaccine is not a live vaccine but there are many other vaccines in the pipeline – some live, but most not. 10/11/2020 Most vaccine trials have excluded people with rheumatic disease on immune modulation from participation, so we currently do not have data to base decisions upon if they will be safe for […] News, 21 Sep Covid Choices survey results 1 in 3 people delay medical care in COVID-19 pandemic. Lack of information drives on-going fear of attending appointments. Patients need clear, consistent information about COVID-19 safety measures before going to hospital and GP appointments, according to a public survey led by the Patient Information Forum (PIF). 21/09/2020 More than 800 people responded to the […] News, 23 Jul To mask or not to mask Many people are asking us for guidance and information about whether they are exempt from wearing a face mask if they have RA or JIA. There is no one-size-fits –all answer, but this information could help you with that decision. 23/07/2020 Key points There is absolutely no scientific evidence that your oxygen intake is reduced […] News, 09 Apr Latest action being taken by NRAS in response to COVID19 crisis As a small national charity this crisis has taken its toil on NRAS. News, 02 Apr New video helps Asian rheumatology patients stay safe from COVID-19 Experts from the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford have joined the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) in reaching out to Asian people living with inflammatory forms of arthritis (IA) (in particular, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)) with information on how to keep themselves and their families safe from coronavirus. News, 13 Mar Coronavirus: What we know so far We understand that many people with RA or JIA and their families may be concerned at the Coronavirus pandemic described by the World Health Organisation as ‘a global public health emergency’.