How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected Spanish people with Parkinson´s Disease?

Takeaway

  • Most Spanish people with Parkinson’s disease are aware of the Covid-19 pandemic, are scared of contagion, and take additional prevention measures.

Why this matters

    This is the largest study to explore the impact of Covid-19 on people with Parkinson’s disease. Although the risk of contracting Covid-19 did not appear to be increased in this Spanish population, confinement during lockdown worsened many of their symptoms including bradykinesia, sleep problems and rigidity. Clinicians should be mindful of the impact of stress, self-isolation, and prolonged immobility on this vulnerable population.