Those with Parkinson’s Disease Suffer from Pandemic’s Disruptions, According to Study

Those with Parkinson’s Disease Suffer from Pandemic’s Disruptions, According to Study

This spring, over 5400 Parkinson’s patients, including 51 who had COVID-19, took an online Fox Insight survey, organized by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.  According to Caroline Tanner, MD, PhD, of the University of California San Francisco, “What was really remarkable was the number of people who didn’t have COVID, but who did suffer from the experience of the pandemic.”  MedPageToday noted that “Medical care (64%), exercise (21%), and social activities (57%) were disrupted for these patients, and many reported worse Parkinson’s motor (43%) and non-motor (52%) symptoms.”  While the survey showed the resilience of the Parkinson’s community, it also highlighted disparities, Tanner pointed out. “People with lower incomes or people who are nonwhite have less opportunity to use alternative means of health care and connection,” she said. “That’s something we continue to need to work on.” 

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