The outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 has changed the habits and lives of people worldwide. Patients affected by systemic sclerosis (SSc) experienced constant fear because of their immunocompromised status. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection and to analyze the lifestyle changes in a single-center cohort of SSc patients and if these changes were more severe than in the general population. During the Italian lockdown, we supplied two surveys to our 184 SSc patients. In the first one, filled by 110 patients, we asked if SARS-CoV-2 had infected them or if they experienced signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19. The second survey, performed by 79 SSc patients and 63 healthy subjects, included questions about the lifestyle adopted during this specific period. Among our patients, COVID-19 was diagnosed only in one case, while three other subjects reported signs and symptoms suggestive for the disease. Regarding the second survey, our patients greatly changed their lifestyle during the pandemic, adopting more restrictive isolation measures, because of their awareness of frailty. To date, we do not dispose of enough data to speculate about the risk of COVID-19 among immunocompromised patients, although in our SSc patients their frailty seems to have been their shelter. Pending more accurate epidemiological studies, it is essential to share as much data as possible to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on SSc patients’ health.• The lifestyle adopted by SSc patients during the first months of COVID-19 pandemic was characterized by more stringent isolation rules than general population.• The prudential behavior of patients with SSc during Italian lockdown should be considered as a possible bias when analyzing the risk of SARS-CoV-2 disease in these subjects, as well as a protective factor against infection.

COVID-19 and systemic sclerosis: analysis of lifestyle changes during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in an Italian single-center cohort / Pellegrino, G.; Mohammad Reza Beigi, D.; Angelelli, C.; Stefanantoni, K.; Cadar, M.; Mancuso, S.; Conti, F.; Riccieri, V.. - In: CLINICAL RHEUMATOLOGY. - ISSN 0770-3198. - (2020). [10.1007/s10067-020-05504-7]

COVID-19 and systemic sclerosis: analysis of lifestyle changes during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in an Italian single-center cohort

Pellegrino G.;Mohammad Reza Beigi D.;Angelelli C.;Stefanantoni K.;Cadar M.;Mancuso S.;Conti F.;Riccieri V.
2020

Abstract

The outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 has changed the habits and lives of people worldwide. Patients affected by systemic sclerosis (SSc) experienced constant fear because of their immunocompromised status. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection and to analyze the lifestyle changes in a single-center cohort of SSc patients and if these changes were more severe than in the general population. During the Italian lockdown, we supplied two surveys to our 184 SSc patients. In the first one, filled by 110 patients, we asked if SARS-CoV-2 had infected them or if they experienced signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19. The second survey, performed by 79 SSc patients and 63 healthy subjects, included questions about the lifestyle adopted during this specific period. Among our patients, COVID-19 was diagnosed only in one case, while three other subjects reported signs and symptoms suggestive for the disease. Regarding the second survey, our patients greatly changed their lifestyle during the pandemic, adopting more restrictive isolation measures, because of their awareness of frailty. To date, we do not dispose of enough data to speculate about the risk of COVID-19 among immunocompromised patients, although in our SSc patients their frailty seems to have been their shelter. Pending more accurate epidemiological studies, it is essential to share as much data as possible to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on SSc patients’ health.• The lifestyle adopted by SSc patients during the first months of COVID-19 pandemic was characterized by more stringent isolation rules than general population.• The prudential behavior of patients with SSc during Italian lockdown should be considered as a possible bias when analyzing the risk of SARS-CoV-2 disease in these subjects, as well as a protective factor against infection.
COVID-19; Lifestyle changes during SARS-CoV-2 pandemic; Systemic Sclerosis
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COVID-19 and systemic sclerosis: analysis of lifestyle changes during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in an Italian single-center cohort / Pellegrino, G.; Mohammad Reza Beigi, D.; Angelelli, C.; Stefanantoni, K.; Cadar, M.; Mancuso, S.; Conti, F.; Riccieri, V.. - In: CLINICAL RHEUMATOLOGY. - ISSN 0770-3198. - (2020). [10.1007/s10067-020-05504-7]
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