MSA Trust

Coronavirus – Covid-19

The situation with the Coronavirus, Covid-19, is constantly evolving so though we will try and keep our information as up to date as possible people should make sure to follow the latest government guidelines.

Though not specifically mentioned people living with MSA (as for people over 70) come under the NHS England guidance for vulnerable people as they have a chronic neurological condition, The guidance recommends particularly stringent social distancing.

In addition, the Association of British Neurologists warns there are certain symptoms associated with neurological disease which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. These include:

  • Patients resident in care homes
  • Patients with marked swallowing or breathing problems
  • Patients with problems with memory or thinking, significant enough that they may struggle to understand or follow healthcare advice.

On the basis of this, most people with MSA will have been following the stricter guidelines of shielding / cocooning for the extremely vulnerable.

Shielding Advice – Has it changed?

The following links provide the specific advice for the area of the UK or Ireland that you live in. To date the guidelines have been very similar however each part of the UK and the Republic of Ireland are relaxing Shielding recommendations in different ways. As everyone adjusts to the changing Covid-19 situation we recommend people continue to follow the advice for their area as much as is possible. As measures relax it will be up to individuals to consider what they are comfortable with.  For updates on individual areas please click on your relevant area-




Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland

If you have any concerns about your particular circumstances then please do contact one of our nurses who will do their best to advise you.

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Government Advice for Vulnerable People during Covid-19

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Wearing Masks for People with MSA

Face Coverings are now mandatory in many public areas and on public transport in the...

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We regret to announce the MSA Trust will be suspending all of our Support Groups and our memorial event due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus Covid-19. For our full statement, please click here. Our other services and support will continue to be unaffected and available to everybody affected by MSA. For any questions please contact us at

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