Are people with MS more susceptible than the average person to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19? And if COVID-19 attacks them, what’s the likely course of their illness? What about COVID-19 and disease-modifying therapies?
Doctors from around the world are collecting information right now to try to answer these questions. While it’s still early to reach any conclusions, I’ve been monitoring the internet and listening to Zoom meetings from healthcare providers to get a feel for the situation.
Here’s some of what I found:
“At 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, I woke up with a splitting headache and fever. I took some medicine and went back to bed. Later that day, still not feeling well, I decided I should reach out to the Cleveland Clinic. By this time, I had a slight cough and terrible throat and ear pain. The doctor turned my case over to the COVID-19 team, who decided to have me tested.”
Renee tested positive, and after isolating for a week, she happily reported that she was doing well, and “fever free for the first time,” with improving symptoms.
From the BARTS-MS Blog, where “Professor G” has been collecting responses from people in the U.K.:
“I work as [a] Paramedic in London and got the covid19 about 3 weeks ago. Absolutely certain, tested positive. I had fever for 7 days over 38°C [100.4 F]. I feel properly tired, but otherwise ok. Some pseudo MS stuff but ok.”
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