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Tackling osteoarthritis during COVID-19 pandemic
  1. Francisco Airton Castro da Rocha1,
  2. Lucas da Ponte Melo1,2,
  3. Francis Berenbaum3
  1. 1 Internal Medicine, Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade Federal do Ceara, Fortaleza, Brazil
  2. 2 Departamento de Ortopedia e Traumatologia, Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
  3. 3 Department of Rheumatology, AP-HP Saint-Antoine Hospital, Sorbonne Universite, Paris, Île-de-France, France
  1. Correspondence to Dr Francis Berenbaum, Department of rheumatology, AP-HP Saint-Antoine hospital, Sorbonne Universite, 75012 Paris, Île-de-France, France; francis.berenbaum{at}


In this opinion article, we would like to draw attention to the fact that COVID-19 has a significant impact not only on immune-mediated arthritis but also on osteoarthritis (OA), the most common rheumatic disease. We suggest herein strategies for pain relief and symptom prevention in patients with OA during COVID-19 pandemic.

  • osteoarthritis
  • epidemiology
  • analgesics

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  • Contributors All authors contributed to this response to correspondence and approved the final version.

  • Funding Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPQ), Brasil – Grant 308429/2018–4.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient and public involvement Patients and/or the public were not involved in the design, or conduct, or reporting, or dissemination plans of this research.

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