Coronavirus for People with Parkinson’s
Saturday, 18th April 2020

What is Coronavirus

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that are like the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). In 2019, a new virus formed and spread from China to other countries now called coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
  • shortness of breath


If you are concerned you may have COVID-19, use the symptom checker on healthdirect.

What should I do if I think I have COVID-19

If you are sick and think you have symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical attention. Ensure you call you GP prior to attending. If you want to talk to someone about your symptoms first, call the Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice.

The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

COVID-19 and Parkinson’s

Prof Simon Lewis delivers an overview on the impact of the COVID-19, coronavirus pandemic in relation to diseases like Parkinson’s and Dementia and highlights what people living with these conditions should be focusing on.

Listen to the New Limited Series COVID-19 Podcast from MJFF

This limited series podcast, hosted by award-winning podcaster and MJFF Patient Council member Larry Gifford, will cover the latest Parkinson’s-relevant information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Episodes will cover care, research, staying active and more.

  • Episode 1: The Pandemic and Your Parkinson’s Care
    In our first episode, we dive into practical tips for managing your Parkinson’s during COVID-19. Listen to the podcast.
  • Episode 2: The Pandemic and Parkinson’s Research
    In our second episode, we dive into the state of research during the pandemic and the Foundation’s response. Listen to the podcast.
  • Episode 3: Finding Positivity with Parkinson’s in a Pandemic
    In our third episode, we break down the importance of keeping a healthy mind and body after a Parkinson’s diagnosis and especially during COVID-19. Listen to the podcast.
  • Episode 4: Keeping Connected during the Pandemic When You Have Parkinson’s 
    In our fourth episode, we explore ways to stay connected with your community, loved ones and yourself while living with Parkinson’s in a time of uncertainty. Listen to the podcast.