People Taking Steroids May Have Higher Risk to Get COVID-19

A team of editors of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JSEM) suggests that people taking a certain class of steroid hormones may be more likely to get COVID-19 and have more severe symptoms, in case they got the infection.People Taking Steroids for May Have Higher Risk to Get COVID-19

The steroids called glucocorticoids are widely prescribed to treat chronic inflammatory diseases, but they suppress the immune system of the body. This means that regular intake of glucocorticoids may lead to higher chances to get infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Clinicians should be aware that anyone who has the symptoms of COVID-19 and has previously been taking glucocorticoids in any form for more than 3 months should be considered for parenteral glucocorticoid therapy if there is a need to reverse adrenal failure, according to the editors of JSEM.

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