To keep abreast of coronavirus as it relates to people with MS please see the national statement from the MS Society's main website at https://www.mssociety.org.uk/what-we-do/news/covid-19-coronavirus-and-ms
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
Where possible, avoid being within two metres of people (who are coughing and sneezing).
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. See VIDEO HERE
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.
Keep washing your hands See Video here
In line with general public health advice, if you have MS you should make sure you wash your hands frequently.
IMPORTANT NOTES FOR THOSE ON DISEASE MODIFYING THERAPY
If you've taken alemtuzumab or cladribine within the last 12 weeks, you should also self-isolate until at least 12 weeks after the date of your course. So for example if you had an infusion of alemtuzumab 8 weeks ago, you should self-isolate for at least another 4 weeks.
If you've had HSCT treatment in the last 12 months, speak to your transplant team about self-isolating. They may recommend you carry on for longer than 3 months post-treatment.
Other people with MS do not need to practice shielding. But you should continue to be particularly careful to follow social distancing and self-isolation advice as well as any other advice from a health professional.