DCND is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and we recognize many of our patients are considered immune compromised. Multiple Sclerosis itself does not increase the risk of contracting COVID but there may be factors associated with your diagnosis that can increase your risk for complications such as restricted mobility, chronic medical conditions and taking certain therapies that can deplete the immune system.

Our team continues to be in close contact with patients who are on these therapies and will be reviewing their specific situation. Any infection, including COVID can cause a temporary worsening of MS symptoms such as fatigue, mobility, vision and thinking. These symptoms usually improve once your body clears the infection.

In the interest of safety for all our MS patients, DCND is now offering virtual visits. These online appointments will be conducted for all re-check appointments for the next month unless your provider feels it’s absolutely necessary to be seen in person.

“Remember, the best thing we can do is simply avoid exposure to the virus. Follow home isolation and social distancing recommendations as outlined by local leaders. If you develop a cough or fever, contact your primary care physician and your neurologist immediately,” said Dr. Kenneth Mankowski.

For more information about MS and COVID-19, please visit the MS Society at: https://www.nationalmssociety.org/What-you-need-to-know-about-Coronavirus-(COVID-19)

Questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and MS? Guidelines are constantly being evaluated. Please visit https://www.nationalmssociety.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/multiple-sclerosis-and-coronavirus/ms-treatment-guidelines-during-coronavirus for the latest guidance about this.