Having Parkinson’s disease (PD) comes with many uncertainties and anxiety. On top of this now is the concern about coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. PD symptoms can worsen when you also have another illness. And some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease may increase the risk for complications from this respiratory virus, such as difficulty breathing or swallowing. Other factors that may increase risk of complications are older age and having other serious medical conditions such as heart disease, respiratory illnesses, diabetes, and kidney failure. The added stress from worry over catching the new virus and the need to remain at home can also increase PD symptoms.
Meanwhile, much of the country is beginning to open, which makes it more important than ever to remain safe – and know what to do if you feel sick. … Read More