The worry for people with an AID during this coronavirus pandemic is that an AID will raise the risk of bad outcomes with a Covid infection for two reasons.
First, there is the simple fact that an AID indicates a faulty immune system.
Second, the meds used to treat AIDs often interfere with immunity as well.
So, the good news from this recent study published in the Lancet is that a history of having an AID – at laest the 3 studied here: psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, and arthritis – “does not increase risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection or severe COVID-19 compared with people without these diseases.”
In fact, there is some indication, the authors write, that some of the meds used to treat AIDs “might even lower the risk for severe COVID-19”, although other meds such as steroids, might raise the risk.
But remember that whether you have an AID or not, your best protection is still through getting fully vaccinated and avoiding high-risk situations such as spending much time mask-less in crowded, poorly-ventilated space.