Journal article

MSCOVID19: Using social media to achieve rapid dissemination of health information

Cassie Nesbitt, Louise Rath, Wei Zhen Yeh, Michael Zhong, Robb Wesselingh, Mastura Monif, Janene Richards, Bui Minh Viet, Vilija G Jokubaitis, Olga Skibina, Helmut Butzkueven, Anneke van der Walt

Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The global COVID-19 pandemic creates an obvious acute health care resourcing and response problem. The different timing of pandemic peak in geographically distinct locations creates a short window of response opportunity. Rapid dissemination of medical information from early affected areas to later ones is therefore crucial to optimise planning. Formulating the best system response for at-risk patient populations is especially complex. People with multiple sclerosis (pwMS) are exposed to long-term immunosuppressive disease modifying treatments (DMTs) and, in theory, could be at increased risk of contracting the virus and developing complications. Social media, such ..

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