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Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

We’re closely monitoring this global public health situation on coronavirus (COVID-19) as it evolves.

We'll update this page regularly.

Read our latest Update here
Please read our Volunteer guidance here

  1. What is coronavirus?
  2. What does COVID-19 mean for people with MS?
  3. What does this mean for volunteer services and events?
  4. What if I am feeling unwell?
  5. Who can I talk to if I am worried?

The protection and safety of our volunteers, staff and the wider MS community is our primary focus and will be the basis for any decisions we make going forward.

We’ll follow the government’s advice as well as information from the NHS and public health organisations.

We've spoken to the medical community about the potential of more specific advice and support for people with MS. Our medical advisory group includes some of the leading neurologists in the UK and we've now agreed a statement with them regarding COVID-19 and MS.

You can find this statement on our website here.

What is coronavirus?

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world.

A new strain of coronavirus was first detected in China in December 2019. Coronavirus Disease 2019, has been named COVID-19. Typical symptoms include fever and a cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

What does COVID-19 mean for people with MS?

We do know that people with multiple sclerosis who take some disease modifying therapies (DMTs) have a higher risk of complications related to viral infections. This is because DMTs change how the immune system behaves.

We’ve spoken to our medical advisory group and produced a statement which gives more information on Coronavirus and MS.

Read more on our website

What does this mean for volunteer services and events?

Please read our Volunteer guidance here for information on services, activities and events.

What if I am feeling unwell?

Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

The government announced on March 16 that if you or anyone in your household has developed coronavirus symptoms such as a fever or a new continuous cough. Everybody in the entire household should isolate for 14 days.

Check the NHS guidance for further information on self-isolating.

Who can I talk to if I am worried?

If you have any concerns, please get in touch with your Group Coordinator, LNO or relevant member of staff to discuss. You can also talk to our helpline or Supporter Care for more information.

Helpline: 0808 800 8000 Email: helpline@mssociety.org.uk

Supporter care: 0300 500 8084 Email: supportercare@mssociety.org.uk

  1. Read our latest Update here
  2. Read our to Coronavirus guidance for volunteers
  3. We’ve prepared some FAQs for volunteers