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Coronavirus and MS - what we know

The coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been dominating the UK news headlines over the last few weeks. We take a look at what it means for people with multiple sclerosis.

What’s the risk of getting the coronavirus?

The UK government has said the risk to the public is moderate, and they’ve introduced new regulations to ‘delay or prevent’ further cases of coronavirus’. They say these will 'make it easier for health professionals to do their job.'

What does coronavirus mean for people with MS?

Experts at the MS International Federation (MSIF) have said there’s still a lot we don’t know about how the coronavirus may affect people with MS. This is because it’s a new strain of the virus.

We do know that people with MS who take disease modifying therapies (DMTs) have a higher risk of complications related to viral infections. This is because DMTs change how the immune system behaves.

If you’re taking a DMT and are exposed to the coronavirus, the MSIF recommends contacting your neurologist or another medical professional.

Read the MSIF’s statement on the coronavirus

Where can I go for more information?

You can find guidance on the coronavirus on GOV.UK and the NHS website. This includes information about symptoms, and how to avoid catching or spreading germs.

Go to the coronavirus GOV.UK page
Go to the NHS coronavirus page

We’ll keep you updated on any new developments that may affect the MS community.

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