The coronavirus (COVID-19) has been dominating the UK news headlines, and we know lots of you are concerned about how it might affect people living with MS.
We've consulted with our medical advisors to find out as much helpful information as we can. We're keeping these pages continuously updated and we'd recommend you bookmark them.
People with MS advised to practice social distancing
The latest UK government advice is for everyone to practice social distancing to reduce risk. They've said people with chronic neurological conditions like MS should be particularly careful about following these steps:
- Avoid contact with anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). Symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
- Try not to use public transport unless you really have to and, if you can, always avoid rush hour
- Work from home where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Read the government's employer guidance for more information
- Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces like pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
- Avoid gatherings with friends and family.
- Keep in touch using remote technology like phone, internet, and social media.
- Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services
Keep washing your hands
In line with general public health advice, if you have MS you should make sure you wash your hands frequently.
Where possible, avoid being within two metres of people who are coughing and sneezing.