Understanding COVID-19 and Parkinson’s

November 6, 2020 COVID-19, Parkinsons Care

Understanding COVID-19 and Parkinson’s

Although Parkinson’s is different for everyone, current UK government advice for people with Parkinson’s is to stay at home and limit your social contacts as much as possible.

What precautions should you take if you have Parkinson’s?

According to Parkinson’s UK, if you have Parkinson’s, there is no increased risk of getting COVID-19. While the UK government has said that people with Parkinson’s are more at risk of complications if they get coronavirus, the advice for people with Parkinson’s is the same as for anyone who is not advised to shield.

Stay at home and limit social contacts as much as possible. Furthermore, guidance for clinically vulnerable people, including people with Parkinson’s, says that it’s important to stay at home and limit social contacts as much as possible. Follow distancing and hygiene guidelines if you do go out.

  • If you do need to leave your home, the UK government advises people to think ‘Hands. Face. Space’:
  • Wash your hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Wear a face covering in enclosed spaces.
  • You should give people outside of your household space of at least 2 metres, or 1 metre where other measures are in place.

Furthermore, you should look after your well-being and mental health.

Why do people with Parkinson’s have an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19?

Parkinson’s can cause respiratory issues for some. If you have advanced Parkinson’s or have lived with the condition for a long time, you’re more likely to have breathing and respiratory difficulties. COVID-19 affects your lungs and airways. This is why people with Parkinson’s are described as being at greater risk of severe illness if they get COVID-19.

How might COVID-19 affect Parkinson’s medication?

Parkinson’s UK’s clinical director, Dr Donald Grosset, advises: “You should not suddenly stop taking your prescribed medication for Parkinson’s, as that can cause additional problems. Follow the advice given to you by your health professional who might adjust your tablets or dose, depending on your condition.” Therefore, if you do become unwell with a virus of any kind, it is important to continue taking the medication prescribed to you for Parkinson’s.

If you live or care for someone with Parkinson’s, what should you do?

If you are caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s, you should always follow your local government’s guidance. In addition to this, there are some simple steps that you can take to protect your loved one and reduce their risk:

  • work from home if you can.
  • limit contact with other people.
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible).
  • wash your hands and clothes regularly.
  • find out about different sources of support that could be used and access further advice on creating a contingency plan available from Carers UK.

How can Cavendish Homecare help?

We understand that at such a sensitive time, specialist nursing care and trustworthy support can make a huge difference to how you cope with a Parkinson’s diagnosis. Our team of Homecare Managers, Registered Nurses, and Carers have a wealth of experience and are experts at providing practical and emotional support and care.

To find out more about how best we can help you in the days and weeks ahead please call us on 0203 008 5210 or email info@cavendishhomecare.com.