Last updated: 12/7/2022
Last reviewed: 12/7/2022
The World Health Organization recommendations include:
In addition, we recommend that people with MS should:
Caregivers and family members who live with, or regularly visit, a person with MS in one of these groups should also follow these recommendations to reduce the chance of bringing COVID-19 infection into the home.
In order to minimise the risk of being infected by COVID-19, the standard precautions advised by the Australian Government should be followed. This is the best source of advice on how to keep yourself safe and will be updated regularly. You can also stay informed by downloading the official government “Coronavirus Australia” app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, or joining their WhatsApp channel on iOS or Android.
The TGA has authorised the use of AstraZeneca’s Evusheld™ (tixagevimab and cilgavimab). Evusheld™ is a new COVID-19 protective measure (monoclonal antibodies) designed to prevent COVID-19 infection in vulnerable and immunocompromised individuals who may not mount an adequate immune response to COVID-19 vaccination. There may be a small portion of people with MS who fall in to this category. For more information, click here.
If concerned that you’re developing symptoms of COVID-19 you should start the usual precautionary measures including frequent, thorough hand washing, self-isolation and wearing a mask. To seek further information, please contact:
If you’re on a regular medication for MS or a related condition, then it’s recommended that you should continue to take this medication, especially in regard to disease modifying therapies (DMTs) because of the very real risk of relapse when ceasing DMTs.
Specific information related to each of the MS DMTs and treatments during the pandemic can be found below.
It’s important that if you have any questions about the timing of your MS DMTs and vaccinations, that you discuss this with your neurologist or MS specialist healthcare team. Certain DMTs may need slight adjusting during this period, but most will continue as usual. The Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN)/MS Australia vaccination guidance discusses managing vaccinations and DMTs in more detail detail and can be found here.
The Federal Government’s Head to Health website can help you find the right digital health resources for your needs. This includes resources on how to support children and others.
Beyond Blue also has a page dedicated to looking after your mental health during this time. Click here to access information, advice and strategies to help you manage your wellbeing and mental health.
Click here to access information and resources regarding the NDIS and COVID-19 support.
This helpline provides information and referrals for people with disability who need support because of COVID-19. The Helpline can also assist families, carers, support workers and services.
Disability Information Helpline: 1800 643 787.
The Helpline is available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (AEST) and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 7pm (AEST) and is closed on national public holidays.