Should I Worry More About Coronavirus if I Have MS? – Multiple Sclerosis News Today

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder caused by the immune system mistakenly attacking the myelin sheath, the protective covering of nerve fibers. This disrupts the conduction of electrical impulses between the brain and the body, causing symptoms that range from muscle spasms and spasticity to fatigue and pain.

Most MS treatments aim to dampen the immune system to reduce or prevent such attacks, which can leave patients susceptible to infections from bacteria and viruses.

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