Rheumatology and COVID-19 Special Report

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Welcome to this special report on COVID-19 (2019 coronavirus disease) in rheumatology. The world first became aware of a new coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China in December 2019. This spread rapidly across the globe and on March 11 2020, the WHO declared a global pandemic. Many countries around the world, including New Zealand, went into lockdown in attempts to prevent the spread of the disease and to protect the most vulnerable patient populations from COVID-19-associated morbidity and mortality. This Research Review Special Report provides a snap-shot of the current COVID-19 situation as it relates to the field of rheumatology at the time of writing. Rheumatology faces many challenges with a rapidly changing international situation.

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