Understanding coronavirus and Parkinson’s

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Updated: 03/04/2020

We’ve all seen coronavirus (or COVID-19) in the headlines. Our priority remains supporting people living with Parkinson’s. That’s why we’ve gathered the facts and guidance to help answer some of your most common questions about coronavirus and Parkinson’s.

We’re here for you. Whether you need advice on coronavirus, or on staying connected during this challenging time, we’re here to support you.

  • along with the rest of your household, you should be practising social distancing
  • there is a greater risk of severe illness if you get coronavirus
  • there is no increased risk of catching coronavirus

Shielding measures for people who are extremely vulnerable

On 22 March 2020, the government announced that they were introducing more rigorous shielding measures for 1.8 million people in the UK who are classed as extremely vulnerable. These people are at very high risk of severe illness and hospital admission from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition.

While the government has said people with Parkinson’s have an increased risk of complications if they get coronavirus, having Parkinson’s itself does not put you in the extremely vulnerable group. The advice for people with Parkinson’s is the same for most other people, to stay at home .

If you have other conditions or health issues that put you at extremely high risk, you will have received a letter from the NHS advising you to shield yourself. These letters started to arrive on Tuesday (24 March 2020). If you received one, it’s important to follow the shielding guidance explained in the letter.

We’ve updated the website with information why do people with Parkinson’s have an increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus. Please visit our website for more information HERE.