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Here we go again – the latest COVID-19 advice from BartsMS

We are all aware this Blog has been deep cleaned from anything related to BartsMS, but hey here I am, as are NeuroDoc Gnanapavan with her fanbase, MD and his significant following, and then are Dr Smets, BartsMS doctor at large, and the more sporadic posters such as AdamsAcademic DrBenJ, and if you haven’t heard about his project I suggest you check here. So, BartsMS is alive and kicking...

Guest Post: Working with Multiple Sclerosis During Covid-19

People are usually diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) between 20 to 40 years of age, the prime working years of an adult. However, fewer than 50% of people with MS remain at work after 10 years of diagnosis, decreasing to 20-40% after 15 years. Apart from the number of people that become unemployed after a diagnosis of MS, there is also a large proportion of people that need to reduce their...

Fractured

On Saturday Professor Giovannoni was involved in an accident and sustained a minor head injury, fractured cervical spine, fractured pelvis and several soft tissue contusions. He was struck by a motorcycle travelling at high-speed whilst he was out running. As a result, he will be off work for several weeks and is likely to return to work in January 2021 or later after a period of rehabilitation...

The second wave hits

In the face of a second lock down Europe is waking up to the realization that COVID19 is now here to say. If something is here to say, the chances are that it would become the norm. For most this will mean wearing face masks, limiting social contact and being careful on a day to day based on background population infection rates. For those with MS and others on regular immunosuppressants, things...

COVID-19 has changed neurology

I generally don’t like to rock the boat on anything, this applies to what I wear, eat, the people I co-locate with and work. It should therefore come as no surprise that my response to our changing practice if anything luke warm. I understand fully (more so than you may credit) the impact that COVID-19 has had on hospitals, and continues to do so. But, in my opinion this should be temporary...

MS and Dogs

Dogs are being trained to sniff out Covid-19. But for many with MS, they’re already proven live-savers… By Rachel Horne There are two things which changed Janette Coombs life. One was a faceless, degenerative disease which raced through her body – stripping her of her mobility, her self-confidence and her independence. And the other? He has soft brown eyes, four legs and never leaves her...

The COVID lockdown

Shall I mention herd immunity? Approximately 90-95% of the population needs to be infected with COVID-19 before herd immunity is achieved. China, Germany and Italy have been mass testing in feverent hope of this happening. Their have been the obvious set backs – lack of testing kits for one, and then the logistical issues; not being able to do the number of daily tests needed to capture the...

MSers and COVID-19: trying to find clarity in the confusion

By Rachel Horne Recently a great post on Shift.ms – the social network for people with multiple sclerosis – caught my eye. Titled “We’ve got this…” the writer “Clare80” sums up how people with MS may be better at dealing with the coronavirus outbreak – compared to those around us. Because we live with the disease, we are used to: being stuck in limbo and living with uncertainty...

Guest post: social distancing

Dear everyone.  As an infectious disease epidemiologist, at this point feel morally obligated to provide some information on what we are seeing from a transmission dynamic perspective and how they apply to the social distancing measures. Like any good scientist I have noticed two things that are either not articulated or not present in the “literature” of social media. Specifically, I...

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