You never know what the media may pick up and this is one that the “doom and gloomer”s may like. The authors suggest that as it has been suggested that MS may be caused by virus Therefore SARS-CoV-2 may cause a surge in MS and as JC virus in the brain is a problem with natalizumab, because SARS-CoV2 causes neurological problems, then you have to be concerned.
Although never say never….I will answer to the question in the title…..No!. Where is the evidence? Maybe I should written a paper to say SARS-CoV-2 is going to cause the Zombie Apocalypse, becuase it has been predicted by the Daily Express.
According to the Worldometer there have been over 100,000,000 cases (remember more people won’t have been tested) and we have had 20,000-60,000 people infected a day so there should a deluge of work for ProfG and ProfK. OK, I haven’t seen ProfG too much in the past few months, but I dont think it is because he has been busy diagnosing new cases. Likewise, I haven’t noticed reports of natalizumab-treated people having a terrible COVID-19 time although people taking natalizumab have been infected with the COVID-19 virus. Clearly there are neurological issues with SARS-CoV-2 but some of these are vascular issues as SARS-COV-2 cause bloot clots and in some of the post-mortem studies they cannot find the virus in the brain tissue.
Shalaby NM, Shehata HS. Could SARS-CoV-2 herald a surge of multiple sclerosis? Egypt J Neurol Psychiatr Neurosurg. 2021;57(1):22. doi: 10.1186/s41983-021-00277-5.
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, many queries are raised regarding its nature, outcome, and sequelae. This letter raises the concern of potential impact on increasing the incidence of multiple sclerosis whose pathology involves a possible viral aetiology. Besides, the potential neurotropism of the acute respiratory distress syndrome corona virus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), which is still not established, may raise concerns about the use of certain disease modifying therapies namely natalizumab.
However what about Pregnacy? Dr. Seheult tells us that there is increase risk of pre-term birth and mums to be had an increased risk of ICU admission. There is not much evidence of the influence of prenancy on vaccine efficacy, but vaccination did not seem to affect pregnancy. ProfG may make not a comment of vaccination and pregnancy.
If interested watch this
If you are really interested on the influence of pregnancy and COVID you can also listen to Dr Vicki Male, she worked with us at the Blizard Institute for a few weeks over the summer when she was a young school girl …..Boy this stuff aged you.
I am sure this makes MD2 very proud, as he has known Vikki since she was born.
Impact of SARS-CoV-2 Infection on Pregnancy Outcomes: A Population-Based Study
Francesca Crovetto, Fàtima Crispi, Elisa Llurba, Rosalia Pascal, Marta Larroya, Cristina Trilla, Marta Camacho, Carmen Medina, Carlota Dobaño, Maria Dolores Gomez-Roig… Show moreClinical Infectious Diseases, ciab104, https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciab104
The overall rate of pregnancy complications in women with SARS-CoV-2 infection was similar to non-infected women. However, symptomatic COVID-19 was associated with modest increases in preterm delivery and intrapartum fetal distress.