Coronavirus (COVID-19) and arthritis

23 September 2020
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30 September

We’ll be continually reviewing this content as the COVID-19 situation evolves across the UK and guidance changes over time. Therefore, it’s important to check this page regularly for updates.  

Latest updates

Our information has been updated to reflect the updated measures introduced in local areas across the UK. Read the latest COVID-19 advice for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The British Orthopaedic Association has released a message to people waiting for joint replacement and
other orthopaedic surgery. You can read their statement here

What should you do?

Current advice for people with arthritis recommends that you should wash your hands regularly, practice socially distance according to the 2-metre guidelines and stay at home as much as possible.

It's important to try to keep active, eat healthy and take care of your wellbeing. We’ve published these articles which include advice to help support you.

There are likely to be differences at a more local level when required. If there’s different advice where you are, your local council website should have details. Find your local council at

For specific information where you are, read our dedicated resources for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Self-isolating and shielding

If you are being treated for an autoimmune condition it may increase your risk of getting coronavirus.

At the height of the pandemic you may have been advised to shield or self-isolate to protect yourself.

The UK Government has eased restrictions for vulnerable people. This meant from 1 August in Northern Ireland, Scotland and England people could stop shielding and in Wales shielding was paused from the 16 August.

Although this does not reduce your risk from the virus, it does mean you are able to get out more and can mix with small groups of people.

For specific information about shielding and support available where you are, read our dedicated resources for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

We're continuing to monitor Government announcements from each nation and will provide updates as more information becomes available. For more information read Arthritis and COVID-19 - what are the risks?

Information and resources

We're here for you

Whether you’re self-isolating at home, supporting loved ones or caring for those in the community, we’ll continue to stand by, support and speak up for people living with arthritis.

Call our free Helpline on 0800 5200 520, or email (Mon-Fri 9am – 8pm), talk to COVA, our COVID-19 virtual assistant, 24/7, or connect with others on our online community.

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