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Does immunosuppression protect you from severe COVID-19?

The hypothesis that immunosuppression may protect you from severe COVID-19 is gaining traction. New data released on the 4th April 2020 from the UK’s Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre suggests it may. When comparing 2249 patients admitted to ITU in the UK with severe COVID-19 the proportion of immunocompromised patients was 3.7x lower than the proportion of...

COVID-19 Education

You may not be interested in this, as it is not MS, but if you are following COViD-19 stuff and want to learn, then you may be interested in this from the New York Times. It tells you that all you need to know about the the virus, but are afraid to Ask. This comes as news that the UK Government test that was to be purchased from Ireland…from a test made in China isn’t good enough...

#MSCOVID19: update on the outcome of cases with MS & COVID-19

We keep getting asked about if there is any data on whether or not people with MS are more likely to get COVID-19 if they do get are they more likely to get the severe disease and die from the infection? Last week I logged into a very useful webinar organised by the iWiMS. They have now put the webinar online for you to watch. The Italian registry reported 143 patients with MS and COVID-19 with...

#MSCOVID19: Animals to the Rescue

The other day I mentioned the similarities between the Loo Rolls going from shelves and the issue that the white cells may be accumulating in the lung. However one of the readers pointed out the paper below, and like any good scientist you should not get wedded to any idea and you have to change as new information appears and incorporate it into your world view The Novel Severe Acute Respiratory...

COVID CREEPY. Its not an STI/STD

I normally do “Covid breakfast” so you can have an informative chuckle whilst chomping on your cornflakes. I put this out after the water shed…as it is a bit creepy….Why would you want to know if you are shedding COVID-19 related virus from your lady bits, whilst you are on oxygen/ a ventilatorand seriously ill….Is some sicko thinking this is the best time for a bit...

#MSCOVID19 – natalizumab extended interval dosing

More questions around managing MS during the COVID-19 pandemic; this time in relation to natalizumab (Tysabri) dosing. The COVID-19 NHS crisis is a double-whammy for pwMS. First, it is redeploying staff away from MS services to work on the frontline. Secondly, the message has gone out to stop pwMS coming to NHS hospitals, or even connecting with other healthcare facilities such as GP practices...

#MSCOVID19: so what is a safe lymphocyte count?

What is a safe lymphocyte count; 500, 800 or 1000/mm3? In your peripheral blood, you have circulating leukocytes or white blood cells which help fight infections. When you get your blood results back you often get told your total white cell count or WCC. However, the WCC is a composite and includes different populations of cells. The white cells can be divided into the lymphocyte and non...

DrAngry. The Angry Mask

DrAngry is the inventive type and with his pom-pom fanclub has come up with a new line for ProfG and the Guys and Gals at BartsHealth, to help ensure they have protective gear. As you can see the Mickey Mouse is offset by the natty protective eyewear. If you are going to go down to this virus, DrA says you may as well be stylish. It no doubt carefully hides the panty liner, Do-It-Yourself HEPA...

The COVID19 brain

Letter by British Rhinological Society and Ear, Nose & Throat UK Although severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has been the hallmark of severe COVID19 infection, anosmia (lack of smell) and hypogeusia (the reduced ability to taste), headaches/dizziness have also been reported. Is COVID19 neurotropic? We don’t have hard data to support/refute this beyond history from those so far...

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