MSAA Opens ‘COVID-19 and MS Pathfinder’ Online Informative Platform

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The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) teamed with Wondros, a creative production company, to launch COVID-19 and MS Pathfinder, an online platform offering the multiple sclerosis (MS) community accurate and regularly updated information to help in safely navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Topics covered range from managing MS symptoms at home and steps to take if the patient or a loved one has COVID-19 symptoms, to preparations for emergency situations and ways to contact healthcare professionals.

“We are pleased to partner with Wondros on this new and innovative tool to assist members of the MS community access valuable information and resources pertaining to COVID-19,” Gina Ross Murdoch, president and CEO of MSAA, said in a press release.

“During these uncertain times, it’s vital for individuals with chronic illnesses to be able to find credible, up-to-date information on this ongoing health crisis,” Murdoch added.

The Pathfinder tool aims at providing pertinent information and resources about this coronavirus to MS patients, caregivers, and family members through a user-friendly interface and concise explanations.

“In the wake of COVID-19, it was our vision to create an intuitive, online educational platform that streamlines, organizes, and conveys essential information to specific communities,” said Jesse Dylan, founder and CEO of Wondros, whose clients span nonprofits to government agencies, institutes to businesses.

“Our work with the wonderful people at MSAA only deepens our shared commitment to be of service to others, especially during times of great challenge,” Dylan added.

The tool itself offers five clickable options: “COVID-19 Facts,” “How Do I Get What I Need,” “How Do I Stay Healthy,” “How Do I Stay Safe,” and “What if I Need to Stay at Home?”

Clicking on an option opens a series of sub-categories that guide the user toward the information they are seeking. Choosing any of the sub-categories brings up a window displaying relevant information.

The Pathfinder tool can be found on the MSAA website.

Other MSAA programs and services that support the MS community include the mobile phone application, My MS Manager, to help track disease activity and manage clinical information; educational programs; the online support forum, My MSAA Community; a MS-focused magazine, The Motivator; a helpline and online chat with MSAA trained specialists; and podcast episodes covering a range of topics.

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