Message of Dr Jean-Gabriel Prévinaire, ISCoS Prevention Committee Chair

Dr. Jean Previnaire

Dr Jean-Gabriel Prévinaire

This year, our focus will be on the prevention of Covid-19 for persons with spinal cord injury, with the slogan "Covid-19 and SCI: Staying well". The Covid-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented time for all, with or without disability. Persons with spinal cord injury are more vulnerable than others, and were left to fear severe complications and poor disease outcome. When confronted with protective measures and a lockdown, the physical, psychological and social needs of those persons in a wheelchair cannot be overstated.

Faced with this unique challenge, there has been a growing awareness of the role of social media to combat loneliness and disseminate appropriate information, involving health care professionals, communities, and more importantly consumers themselves. The way we are going to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath will most certainly pave the way for the future of persons with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. Let's hope it is for the best.