The Coronavirus and MS
The 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.
Included in this section:
News Articles from MSAA
March 6, 2020 (Updated March 25, 2020)
- Symptoms and Special Considerations for Individuals with MS
- How is the Coronavirus Spread?
- What to Do if Mildly Sick with the Coronavirus
- Staying Healthy and Minimizing the Spread of COVID-19
- Coronavirus Background and Overview
Coping with the Emotional, Physical, and Mental Effects of a Pandemic – The Motivator, Winter/Spring 2020 issue
- COVID-19 and Other Pandemics
- Common Reactions to Disease Outbreaks and Social Isolation
- Strategies to Cope with Reactions to Disease Outbreaks and Social Isolation
- How Children Respond to an Infectious Disease Outbreak
Monday, June 8, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern
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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.
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
April 27, 2020
Topics: Cytokine storm; Potential vaccine development; How temperature/warm weather affects COVID-19
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
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
Community and MS Conversations Blog
- Join the discussion on the My MSAA Community online forum, including coronavirus-related topics, polls, and opinions.
- “A Message to Our MS Community” from MSAA’s President & CEO, Gina Ross Murdoch, about our continued commitment, business continuity, and how MSAA can help. From MSAA’s MS Conversations blog
MSAA’s toll-free Helpline provides assistance to members of the MS community Monday through Friday, between the special extended hours of 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM Eastern Time. 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.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Coronavirus and COVID-19: What You Should Know: WebMD
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Coronavirus.gov
World Health Organization (WHO)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
(800) CDC-INFO or (800) 232-4636
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
(877) SAMHSA-7 or (877) 726-4727