Author rebuttal to response regarding “Letter to the Editor regarding ‘Could pulmonary arterial hypertension patients be at lower risk from severe COVID-19?’”

In response to comments published by Timothy Fernandes et al. to our Letter to the Editor titled “Could pulmonary arterial hypertension patients be at a lower risk from severe COVID-19?,”1 we believe it is critical to provide additional information and perspective. Fernandes et al. expressed concern that our survey data of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and CTEPH patients represented only a snapshot early in the COVID-19 pandemic when the U.S. was at the beginning stages of disease acceleration, and testing was limited. We agree with this observation and have extended our survey window through 6 May 2020, past the peak of COVID activity in much of the U.S. At the end of the survey period, we received a total of 86 responses by PH health care providers, with 66% estimating that their sites had more than 100 PAH and CTEPH patients strengthening our conclusions.


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Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension


Evelyn Horn, Murali M. Chakinala, Ronald Oudiz, Elizabeth Joseloff, Erika B. Rosenzweig

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July 2020

Pulmonary Circulation Vol 10: No 3

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