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Covid-19 and Parkinsonism

Updated: Sep 29, 2021





Covid-19 and Parkinsonism - I


A study was conducted to understand the covid-19 infections as manifested in PD patients. The common symptoms were fever/chills, fatigue, cough, weight loss, and muscle pain. In some cases, worsening and new onset of motor and non-motor PD symptoms during COVID-19 illness were also reported, including dyskinesia, rigidity, balance disturbances, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.


There was not sufficient evidence to claim that PD is an independent risk factor for severe COVID-19 and death.


Following is the link to the original research:



Covid-19 and Parkinsonism - II


Covid-19 resulted in increased psychological distress and decreased physical activity in PD. A study was conducted to understand how these changes impacted PD motor and non-motor symptom severity.


In this study, which was conducted in Netherlands, it was found that, patients with higher Covid-19 related stress experienced more PD symptoms. Also reduced physical activity resulted in worse PD symptoms like rigidity, fatigue, tremor, pain and concentration.


Following is the link to the original research:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32925108/




Covid-19 and Parkinsonism - III


A study was conducted to check if PD patients are at higher risk of contacting Covid-19.

PD doesn’t appear to be a specific risk factor for Covid-19. There is an evidence that suggests that there is a direct effects of Covid-19 infection on PD’s motor and non-motor symptoms. Some patients required increased anti-PD therapy and having worst outcome. Patients with advanced PD appear to be more vulnerable.


Following is the link to the original research

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33492244/





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