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We thank Yang et al 1 for their comments with an updated meta-analysis to our research article ‘Prevalence and clinical outcomes of COVID-19 in patients with autoimmune diseases: a systematic review and meta-analysis’.2 Their findings contribute to accurate elaboration and substantiation of our findings.
Yang et al 1 undertook an updated meta-analysis, including studies that were reported after our article was published, and found that patients with autoimmune diseases had a significantly increased risk of mortality compared with those without. This is in contrast to our results which showed no such increased risk. This difference is likely due to the larger number of publications and patients included in their updated meta-analysis. Indeed, there are a growing number of …
Handling editor Josef S Smolen
Correction notice This article has been corrected since it published Online First. The provenance and peer review statement has been included.
Contributors Drafting of the manuscript: SA, SH, DM and AS. Critical review of the manuscript: SA and AS.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
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.
Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.