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Dear UK person with MS

We are getting a lot of queries regarding coronavirus. Once we have more information we will update you.

At the moment the NHS advice is not to book a GP appointment, attend your GP Practice or local hospital if you’ve visited or travelled through mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, or Thailand and have symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath within 2 weeks of returning, or if you have symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath after being in contact with someone with a confirmed case of coronavirus. Instead please call NHS 111 instead.

In Northern Ireland, please stay indoors and call the coronavirus 24/7 helpline on 0300 200 7885, even if symptoms are mild.

In Scotland please call your GP practice during GP hours and 111 (NHS24) out of hours. Please be aware that this is an evolving situation. This information is correct as of 17:50 on 7/2/20 and may be subject to change.

Further information available here.

Kind regards

The team at Patient

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  • @gnomeicide has a brilliant twitter thread on Coronavirus which he is updating every few hours. Very informative, and cuts through the hype. Would recommend following if you enjoy this blog as it has a similar tone / level.

  • It is known that older people and people with other conditions are at more risk of it being fatal. Does having MS or taking an immune suppressive drug like Tecfidera mean we are at more risk?

  • It is known that older people and people with other conditions are at more risk of it being fatal. Does having MS or taking an immune suppressive drug like Tecfidera mean we are at more risk?

  • So am watching the news for updates but I take ocrelizumab and am due to travel to Italy next week (Rome not Northern Italy).

    Whilst official advice seems to be currently reasonably reassuring about travel to Italy, if not the North, my insurance will only pay out if the FCO advises against travel completely. I think my question is wrhter the risks for those of us on ocrelizumab any higher if we do catch the virus? So this can be factored in to any travel decisions.

    • I will let the neuros give advice

      As a biologist as coronovirus is a virus and your immune system fights infection including viral infections, anyone with an altered immune system will be less able to fight infection. How much risk increased is the key. In the trials the risks of infctions were similar but there were herpes infections. I dont know enough about how the immune systme deals with coto comment. I was in Sicily last week and went out with friend from Milan and Genoa

  • Named the “rescEU stockpile”, the reserve would include intensive care medical equipment such as ventilators, reusable masks, vaccines, therapeutics, and laboratory supplies. rescEU is part of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, a joint effort by EU member states and six other countries in Europe to prepare and respond to disasters. COST, an EU-funded programme that supports cross-border networking in research and innovation, said it is postponing the deadline for an open call for proposals from scientists, due to the coronavirus. It also suspended from 13 March all physical meetings and short-term scientific missions. The call deadline has been postponed to 29 October instead of 29 April, so researchers will have more time to develop their proposals.

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