I was on Immuran for the better part of 15 years and only recently switched to Enbrel, as my 300mg of Immuran for 15 years was putting me at high risk of certain blood cancers.
My doctor told me to keep on with my Enbrel injections, and actually -- as it turns out, China is treating it's patients with immune suppressors that are typically used for people like us... those with autoimmune and arthritic diseases.
You can google this, so far they are having lifesaving results with Actemra, and they have also been experimenting with Remicaid, Humera, and several others. Actemra has actually been approved in China for fighting this virus.
As all of you know, most of us got our autoimmune diseases in the first place because we had something else -- some virus or bacterial infection that caused said storm and turned our own immune systems against us.
The cytokine storm created in severe reactions to the Covid 19 virus - basically causes the immune system of the body to hyperventilate and attack the lungs -- so the end result of this virus is much like what we all deal with - except in one giant gush that permanently damages or kills a person's lungs.
Ironic, that we who are all so sick and having to take immune suppressors and worrying about this, may actually, in this one case with this virus, be better off than the general population... very strange to think, but that's what it's starting to look like.
Let's just all be thankful that this isn't an outbreak of a new strain of TB....
See my post below, as i tend to think you are correct about
the connectionS between
viral infections -cytokene storm-getting immune reaction and then chronic one like psoriatic arthritis
being on immune suppressant therapies with biologics (eg Humira or the pill Otezla) and while more vulnerable to new infection because of the meds ALSO being protected by them against overreactions that kills covid-19 patients (lungs get inflamed)