We are continuing to review medical advice concerning coronavirus COVID-19 and multiple sclerosis.
For the most up to date information, visit our page Coronavirus, Covid-19 and multiple sclerosis.
NHS advice on how to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
NHS advice if you have coronavirus symptoms
If you have coronavirus symptoms you should stay at home for 7 days:
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
The NHS has advice about staying at home.
Advice for people with MS with symptoms of coronavirus
If you have MS and think you have symptoms of coronavirus, we recommend you contact your MS team to discuss your next steps.
Association of British Neurologists guidance on disease modifying drugs
The Association of British Neurologists has issued guidance for people with MS who are taking or about to start one of the disease modifying drugs:
You can read the full guidance here – advice for people with MS appears from page 4 onwards.
My search for MS support while studying for a PhD
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Laura is studying a PhD in Cancer Genomics and was diagnosed with MS in September 2020 following multiple hospital admissions. Here, Laura talks about how this affected her mental health and what more could be done to support other students going through the same thing.
MS, my mental health and a university degree
4 Mar 2021 - 00:00
Scarlet talks about how she learnt to manage her MS and mental health alongside the stresses of completing a university degree.
Receiving an MS diagnosis during my gender transition
22 Feb 2021 - 00:00
Chris shares his experience of being diagnosed with MS at the same time as starting hormone treatment and a surgical gender transition.