Understanding coronavirus and Parkinson's

coronavirus and parkinson’s

This page was updated on 8 April 2020 at 5:15pm. This advice will be updated as new information becomes available.

We’ve all seen coronavirus (or COVID-19) in the headlines. Our priority is supporting people living with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers. This page is intended to be a one stop reference point giving you access to the facts and information that is relevant to you. Please bookmark this page as we will be updating the information regularly.

The Parkinson’s NSW specialist care team is here to support you by calling 1800 644 189 or emailing pnsw@parkinsonsnsw.org.au

Our InfoLine and information and support services are still here with support for you.

We will continue to update our website as new information becomes available.

What you need to know:

How is it spread?

The virus is most likely spread person-to-person through:

What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath.

If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.

How can we prevent the spread?

How to wash your hands properly

What is social distancing?

The more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.

Steps for social distancing in all homes include:

Read the full social distancing guidance from the Department of Health here

Older Australians

For most people, coronavirus is a mild disease with a quick recovery. But for older Australians, it can be more serious.

Together, we can help stop the spread and stay healthy.

What does isolation in your home mean?

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, you must stay home to prevent it spreading to other people

What do I do if I develop symptoms?

If you develop symptoms (fever, a cough, sore throat, tiredness or shortness of breath) within 14 days of arriving in Australia, or within 14 days of last contact of a confirmed case, you should arrange to see your doctor for urgent assessment.

It is imperative that you:

Who is most at risk of serious illness?

Should I wear a mask?

You do not need to wear a mask if you are healthy. While the use of masks can help to prevent transmission of disease from infected patients to others, masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public for the prevention of infections like coronavirus

What more can I do?

More information

For the latest advice, information and resources:

Parkinson’s-specific COVID-19 information

Emotional and mental well-being 


Lighter information on coping during self-isolation