Valent and colleagues discuss the risk and impact of the recent COVID-19 pandemic in patients with mastocytosis and MCAS. The article presents expert opinion, and suggests that though the overall risk to acquire severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 may not be elevated in these conditions, there is a greater risk of patients with mast cell disorders to develop severe COVID-19 symptoms. The work concludes that treatment of MCAS and other mast cell disorders should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis during a COVID-19 infection. This is particularly important in the case of immunosuppressive drugs.
Lisa Kimas of the organisation Mast Attack, provides a two-part discussion and advice to patients with mast cell disorders relating to the recent COVID-19 outbreak around the world.
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