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Since the beginning of 2020, in response to the global outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Parkinson Society BC (PSBC) has been taking proactive measures to manage the potential for transmission.
PSBC remains committed to serving the Parkinson's community as we regularly monitor the situation. For official guidance on pandemic related precautions and news, please visit the Provincial Health Officer orders website.
Parkinson's Disease and Coronavirus
Recent meta-analysis conducted by Afraie et al. (2023) concluded:
- Mortality and hospitalization: Rates among elderly individuals with Parkinson's were comparable to the general population during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Mental health: Increased prevalence of mental health disorders during the pandemic.
- Symptoms: Potential transient increase in Parkinson's symptoms noted.
- Variants: Current data insufficient to determine if newer variants pose greater risk.
Parkinson's Disease Specific Precautions
- Check your medications. Take inventory and reorder any that are running low.
- Talk to your doctor about the pneumonia vaccine. Seniors are most at risk to develop COVID-19 symptoms. While the pneumococcal vaccine does not provide protection against the new Coronavirus, vaccination against respiratory illness is highly recommended to protect your health (World Health Organization).
- Stock your Aware in Care kit in the event you need to educate a health care professional about your PD needs. Order one here.
- Have your Medical Alert Card handy. Keep it with you at all times. Print one here.
(Parkinson's Foundation, 2020)