The Coronavirus and MS

Coronavirus and MSThe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a potentially serious respiratory disease first reported overseas in late 2019 and then spread to the United States in early 2020. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the United States and presents a number of questions and concerns for those affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). As this rapidly changing situation evolves, MSAA strives to be a trusted source of information by offering resources that promote health and safety for the entire MS community. This collection of resources has been developed to provide answers, support, and assistance during these challenging times.

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News Articles from MSAA

The Coronavirus and MS: What You Need to Know

March 6, 2020 (Updated March 25, 2020)
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The Motivator Winter/Spring 2020

Coping with the Emotional, Physical, and Mental Effects of a Pandemic – The Motivator, Winter/Spring 2020 issue


COVID-19 and MS Pathfinder

MSAA, in partnership with Wondros, has launched an innovative and informative online tool to navigate through the many issues associated with the ongoing pandemic. The COVID-19 and MS Pathfinder is designed to enable easy access to your most pressing questions, including:

  • What are the facts about COVID-19?
  • What if I need to stay at home?
  • How do I get what I need?
  • How do I stay safe?
  • How do I stay healthy?

This free online tool is presented in a unique and user-friendly format, allowing for easy navigation to access the various topics, while featuring clear and concise explanations of what to be aware of, how to prepare, and whom to contact to ensure your safety and well-being. Find answers on these topics and others in the COVID-19 and MS Pathfinder.


Webinars

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What You Need to Know About COVID-19 and MS – Program 5

June 8, 2020
Topics: Risks associated with the virus; impact of MS medications; recommendations for accessing medical care; possible treatments or vaccines; physical and mental health strategies.

Dr. Mitzi Joy Williams

Understanding the COVID-19 Impact on MS in People of Color

Thursday, May 14, 2020
MS expert neurologist Mitzi Williams, MD, provides viewers with the latest news about the coronavirus and explores the scope of COVID-19 health disparities among vulnerable populations; social, economic and health inequities that increase risk of COVID-19; and strategies to reduce risk and optimize health outcomes for vulnerable populations.

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 and MS – Program 4

May 11, 2020
Topics: MS treatment and symptom management approaches; Safely accessing medical care and adhering to CDC guidelines; Updates on the development of treatments and vaccines for the coronavirus; Vitamin D and COVID-19; Maintaining physical and emotional wellness

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 and MS – Program 3

April 27, 2020
Topics: Cytokine storm; Potential vaccine development; How temperature/warm weather affects COVID-19

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 and MS – Program 2

April 13, 2020
Topics: Management of MS symptoms if diagnosed with COVID-19; An explanation of underlying health conditions and their relationship to the coronavirus

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 and MS – Program 1

March 30, 2020
Topics: The need to stay on therapy while weighing risks of traveling; Information on medical/infusion centers; Suggestions on how to keep socially distant without becoming socially isolated


COVID-19 and MS Study

MSAA is partnering with embleema on a series of surveys to help evaluate how COVID-19 has affected members of the MS community. Please complete the form on this page to receive an invitation to this study.


Community and MS Conversations Blog


Helpline

Expanded Hours
MSAA’s toll-free Helpline provides assistance to members of the MS community Monday through Thursday, between the special extended hours of 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM Eastern Time; and Friday 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM Eastern. To speak with a trained Client Services Specialist, please call MSAA’s Helpline at (800) 532-7667, extension 154. Questions to MSAA’s Client Services department may also be emailed to MSquestions@mymsaa.org.


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