How does COVID-19 effect physical activity in people with Multiple Sclerosis?

Takeaway

  • Patient-generated data suggest a clinically meaningful decline in physical activity after “shelter-in-place” restrictions were enforced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why this matters

    People with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other neurological conditions that impair mobility rely on walking as their primary form of exercise. Wrist-worn activity monitors can capture real-time data, measuring the impact of environmental stressors such as shelter-in-place policies ordered as a result of COVID-19, on physical activity. Biosensing technologies may be crucial in assisting healthcare professionals intervene and prevent decline in neurologically vulnerable populations.