We know that older individuals and those who are immune compromised are more at risk for experiencing severe Covid-19. These include multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.
Multiple Sclerosis is a rare and chronic autoimmune condition. It causes balance issues, muscle spasms, numbness, fatigue, weakness, cognition issues, and pain among other symptoms. When MS patients become sick with even common mild illnesses, their symptoms can become worse. Additionally, as many individuals are on immunosuppressants for their condition, common illnesses are more likely to affect them more severely.
In a time like this, it is especially important for MS patients to take every precaution.
Sadly, there are still some people dismissing the seriousness of Covid-19. These individuals do not realize the significance of this virus for immunocompromised individuals. They may be low risk themselves, but its important to understand that not everyone is. Yes, most cases of Covid-19 have been mild. But there are people who are more at risk than others. Dismissing this illness is, for lack of a better word, selfish.
We need to discuss the realities of Covid-19 for all people. It is important to be realistic because if we are not, the proper precautions will not be made.
Many officials have been downplaying the illness so as not to incite panic. However, we need to speak openly. If we do, the outcomes will be better for all.
What should MS patients do?
It is recommended that MS patients strictly follow the CDC’s guidelines during this time. They have issued general guidelines as well as guidelines for the most at-risk individuals. These essentially focus on avoiding crowds and close contact with people, washing your hands frequently, avoiding travel if it is not necessary, stocking up on basic supplies, and staying home as much as possible, especially if there have been diagnosed cases in your community.
Additionally, it is recommended that individuals talk to their doctor about their current medication regime/any changes they should be making.
All in all, these recommendations are similar to the ones offered to MS patients for the flu and other more common ailments. It’s something people living with MS have already been forced to become skilled at.
It can be as simple as changing clothes as soon as you come home, washing your hands before you touch a loved one, and staying home.
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