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Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 and Tips for Those Living with a Chronic Inflammatory Disease

These patient advocates have been compensated by Pfizer in the past to share their stories. Some of these quotes and links also appear on Arthritis.com, a resource supported by Pfizer where people living with chronic inflammatory conditions can find inspiration, lifestyle advice, tools and disease information.

The COVID-19 outbreak is impacting daily life around the world. Although questions remain as experts gather information to understand the coronavirus better, many valuable resources have already emerged – including important updates from Pfizer.

While we are all hopefully practicing heightened safety measures to minimize our risk, individuals with chronic illnesses and compromised immune systems have been advised to exercise additional caution. Though this vigilance is meant to help promote physical safety, for many people — particularly those most at risk — it can also take an emotional toll in the form of fear, stress and anxiety. If the stress you’re feeling is beginning to impact your daily life, it may be helpful to speak with a healthcare professional specifically about your emotional well-being.

There are also small but powerful steps you can take to check in with yourself. The following tips from the archives of Arthritis.com remind us that a little bit of self-care can go a long way.

“Part of what's helped me is having my children help each other. It takes that burden off me.”

Molly Schreiber, RA patient advocate

“[T]he mantra I like to use when reminding myself about the importance of self-care is this one: you can’t pour from an empty cup. It’s not physically possible. If your cup is empty, you have no choice other than to take the time and effort to fill it up. Only after you replenish yourself can you possibly be expected to share with anyone else.”

– Mariah Leach, RA patient advocate

“Advice I would give other patients would be just making sure that they find a community of other people with RA.”

– Angela Lundberg, RA patient advocate

“My advice would be to speak up to find a way of communicating that works for you, works for the people around you and gets you the help that you need.”

– Dr. Matcham, postdoctoral research associate

The health information contained in this article is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare provider. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a healthcare provider, considering the unique characteristics of the patient.

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