Are people with Parkinson’s disease more at risk of catching COVID-19?
Parkinson’s disease itself does not increase the risk of catching COVID-19. However, older adults are at the highest risk of developing a severe case of COVID-19, and because most patients with Parkinson’s disease are typically older, they should take extra precautions to protect themselves.
Patients with Parkinson’s disease should:
Advice for family members and caregivers
Family members and caregivers of people with chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s disease should take appropriate precautions and take extra care. They should constantly monitor patients and try to minimize their trips outside to avoid the risk of getting in contact with the virus.
People who show symptoms of COVID-19 should avoid visiting their family members in nursing homes or other places until the self-isolation period is complete.
What should COVID Positive Parkinson’s patients do?
If doctors confirms that the patient has COVID-19, they should follow these steps to prevent the spread of the infection:
What tests are available?
Many tests for the detection of COVID-19 have been made available under the FDA’s emergency use authorization, including rapid tests that are being developed to detect the presence of the virus within minutes.
The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics provides an up-to-date list of different manual and automated tests that are available or currently in development.
Is there a treatment?
There are currently no vaccines available for COVID-19. This makes the prevention and containment of the virus very important.
Oxygen therapy is the major treatment intervention for patients with severe disease. Mechanical ventilation may be necessary in cases of respiratory failure.
Are there new treatments in the pipeline?
Several clinical trials have been launched or are being planned to test a variety of potential treatments and vaccines for COVID-19.
Anxiety is a common symptom for people with Parkinson's disease. It is a uneasiness/nervousness over impending/anticipated illness and can lead to an abnormal and overwhelming sense of fear. In these times, anxiety surrounds us. A chronic disease such as Parkinson's can elevate anxiety above and beyond what you may normally experience.
Since the emergence of COVID-19, it's been drilled into our heads that we need to wash our hands excessively, avoid crowds, and when possible, curtail traveling. This is great for keeping us from getting the virus, but what about keeping our minds healthy? You can't wash your brain excessively, so what can you do?
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