SCI/D and COVID-19

As part of our continuing coverage on COVID-19 and SCI/D, New Mobility Editor Ian Ruder emailed Dr. Thomas Bryce, the medical director of Mount Sinai’s Spinal Cord Injury Program, to get answers to some of the more frequently asked questions in the SCI/D community.

Ian Ruder: Does the isolated diagnosis of SCI/D in an otherwise healthy individual put them at increased risk of contracting COVID-19?

Dr. Thomas Bryce: An isolated diagnosis of SCI/D in an otherwise healthy individual may put the individual at increased risk, depending on the cause of the SCI/D. If someone acquired SCI/D through transverse myelitis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, or spinal cord compression from cancer, they may have an impaired immune system and be at greater risk.

If someone is self-isolating and requires a personal care assistant who does not live with them, they may be at increased risk of co