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SLE patients are not immune to covid-19: importance of sending the right message across
  1. Mohit Goyal
  1. Division of Rheumatology, CARE Pain & Arthritis Centre, Udaipur 313002, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mohit Goyal, Division of Rheumatology, CARE Pain & Arthritis Centre, Udaipur 313002, India; dr.mohitgoyal{at}

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In vitro inhibition of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, by hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) has triggered further exploration of the clinical efficacy of this drug in covid-19. Rheumatologists all over the world are analysing registries of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and other rheumatic diseases to look at the prevalence of covid-19 in patients who have been on HCQ. On coming across the title, ‘SLE, hydroxychloroquine and no SLE patients with covid-19: a comment’, we read it with interest. The authors say, “There are several thousands of patients with covid-19 worldwide. Nevertheless, there is no case of SLE with covid-19”. There is no mention of any reference or source to the claim. They go on to extrapolate, “Hence, hydroxychloroquine …

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