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Managing MS in a World with COVID-19

The resources and information you need to manage multiple sclerosis during the ongoing pandemic.

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We are here to help you navigate the many challenges of managing multiple sclerosis in a world with COVID-19. Below you’ll find physical and mental health assistance, financial resources, tips for healthcare workers and those returning to an office, and advice on maternal health and pediatric MS. You’ll also want to review our list for staying prepared as we continue to live with COVID-19.

Physical and mental health resources

Remaining well during the COVID-19 pandemic is critically important — and at the same time more challenging. To help, we have assembled a page of physical and mental health resources. Even during this ever-changing situation, continue to participate in rehabilitation activities and stay active as much as possible. To reduce stress, find a counselor, join a support group or explore resources on building resilience

Financial and employment resources related to COVID-19

Find resources on topics like unemployment insurance, tax assistance, and health insurance to assist people with MS facing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 crisis. For advice dealing with the general financial effects of MS, see the page Financial Resources.

Returning to work

If you are returning a workplace, you may have questions about safety. Be aware of your rights. Accommodations and work-from-home options may be available to you. Visit our employment resources page to learn more or contact an MS Navigator at 1-800-344-4867 or online during standard business hours.

If you’re a healthcare worker with MS, you may have ongoing questions about your safety in the workplace. MS alone does not increase your risk of getting COVID-19, and there are no special instructions for using personal protective equipment. Follow the same precautions as other healthcare workers. Contact your MS provider for advice and visit our pages on vaccines, timing vaccines with MS medications and COVID-19 treatments.  

COVID-19 preparedness

You may have concerns about the future of COVID-19 and how to be ready if things change. Here is what you can do to prepare for COVID-19 surges in your community:

Learn more about preparing for pandemics as well as other emergencies.

Participate in research studies on COVID-19 and MS

The National MS Society is supporting research on the effects of COVID-19 on people living with MS, both in those who have the infection and those who do not. To help, share your experiences through a survey or participate in a research study. If you have had COVID-19, encourage your healthcare provider to register your case with COViMS, a joint effort of the National MS Society, Consortium of MS Centers and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. 

Additional resources

COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance for People Living with MS

Read fact-based guidance about COVID-19 vaccines and MS from researchers and medical professionals.

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Medicines to Prevent and Treat COVID-19

Stay up to date on the medications approved or authorized for use to prevent and treat COVID-19 infections.

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Disease Modifying Therapy Guidance During COVID-19

If you have MS and you are on a disease modifying therapy (DMT), or are considering going on one, review our recommendations.

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