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 News, 14 May Department of Health & Social Care Q&A on social distancing changes for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people in England from 17 May This is a UK government Q&A which is relevant to people living in England who have been classified as ‘Clinically Extremely Vulnerable The new guidance for everyone on social distancing can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/meeting-friends-and-family-covid-19 The specific guidance for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people will be updated from 17 May and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19 1. What […] News, 13 May Update on COVID-19 Vaccine All patients with RA are encouraged to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This includes people taking Disease Modifying Anti Rhematic Drugs such as methotrexate, sulfasalazine, leflunomide and hydroxychloroquine and/or advanced therapies such as biologics, biosimilars and JAK inhibitors. The only potential exception is for those on rituximab for which it is recommended to have a consultation […] Article Guidance for NRAS groups on resuming in-person events Guidance on when NRAS groups may choose to resume face to face meetings (at their own risk and dependent on the profile of their members/the location/the activity) News, 01 Apr April update: Sir Lenny Henry urges black Britons to take COVID-19 vaccine; announcement for adults living with adults who are immunosuppressed Sir Lenny Henry urges black Britons to take COVID-19 vaccine Sir Lenny Henry has written an open letter to encourage Black Britons to take the COVID-19 vaccine, signed by some of the most high-profile names in the UK. 12 Years a Slave actor and Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, author Malorie Blackman, actor Thandie Newton, football pundit […] Article Information 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, 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 Private: 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’.