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Covid-19: The Latest

Everything you need to know in one place. Stay updated on all the latest Covid-19 news as it impacts those with lupus from resources, news, and programming. We will be keeping you updated and provide virtual programming to get you through these unprecedented times. You are not alone.

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We know how difficult these unprecedented times are for all of you living with lupus and your loved ones. We are committed to walking by your side every step of the way. In times like this, it is even more important than ever that we come together as a community.  If you need answers, we will be here to provide them. 

We are here. Always. 

Updated: 8/15/2022  12:23pm
CDC's Updated COVID-19 Guidelines - 8/15/2022

The CDC released its new COVID-19 guidelines. Read out blog post about suggestions to protect yourself in the current environment!

Read them here.

Study Finds mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine and One Booster Dose May Not Fully Protect against Breakthrough Case of Omicron Variant in People with Autoimmune Disease

As the COVID-19 virus continues to change, new COVID-19 research shows that having only one mRNA COVID-19 booster shot may not fully protect people with an autoimmune disease from infection with the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV2. Talk to your healthcare provider about COVID-19 vaccination and/or booster shots and about whether you should continue to take other precautions, such as wearing a mask.

Read the study here!

Study Finds COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Beneficial for People with Lupus

New COVID19 Research: A COVID-19 booster shot significantly lessens risk of developing breakthrough infection in people with lupus and immediately increases antibody levels, even if on immunosuppressant drugs.

Ready the study!

Florida Covid-19 Resources
Where To Get Free N95 Masks

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. government will distribute these masks to local pharmacies and community health centers. There is a limit of three masks per person. 

Learn more.

Get free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order #44 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free.  Learn more. 

Florida Vaccine Locator

Eligible people can receive COVID-19 vaccines as authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Florida has many sites that are providing COVID-19 vaccines.

Find it here.

Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for COVID-19

Monoclonal Antibody Treatments (MAB) for COVID-19 can prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death among high-risk individuals. This treatment is available widely in Florida.

Visit the page here.

Updates from the Florida Department of Health

The latest news in the state of Florida on Covid-19 can be found here.

Resources for Floridians Impacted by Coronavirus Pandemic

List of resources for Floridians who have been impacted by coronavirus pandemic.


Financial Resources & Healthcare Coverage
Food, Bill Paying and Reduced Cost Programs

Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic. Find them here.

Medicare to Allow Home Infusions for Benlysta, Other Medications

For the first time, people with lupus on Medicare will be able to receive infusions of Benlysta at home and will not be required to go to a physician’s office or another facility to get their infusions. Read more.

Medicare to cover telehealth costs during coronavirus pandemic

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency, doctors and other health care providers can use telehealth services to treat COVID-19 for Medicare patients. 


Benlysta Resources

GSK Nurse Call Center

  • Call 877-423-6597
  • Trained nurses are available Monday through Friday, 8 AM- 8 PM ET and can answer questions about products.
  • Note, nurses will direct patients to their physician for any medical advice related to disease, treatment or referrals. 

Additional Patient Inquiries: Contact your provider or pharmacy directly. If additional information is needed, visit GSK For You or contact the GSK Response Center at 888-825-5249 Monday- Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM ET


Health Care Professional Inquiries: Contact GSK Medical Information: or call 877-475-6448 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM ET) for medical information. Product-specific information is only available to healthcare providers. 







Virtual Programs & Events
Support Groups

We know these are scary times but please also know you are not alone. Although our in-person support groups are suspended until further notice we will be here for you every step of the way. Find out how. 

Talk About It Series

#TalkAboutIt is our new Q&A series where we feature lupus warriors, health care professionals, caregivers and other experts in their field. 

No one should fight alone... so let's talk about it!


Blog: Lupus Warrior's Perspective

Lupus Warriors from around the state talk about what it's like to live with lupus. 

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