Understanding coronavirus and Parkinson's

COVID-19 and Parkinson’s

This page was updated on 25 November at 2.48pm. This advice will be updated as new information becomes available.

The coronavirus (or COVID-19) situation has affected our lives and society for months now. Still the situation continues to evolve, so our ongoing priority is supporting people living with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers amid these challenging times.

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

If you are in one of these groups, follow the guidance for vulnerable people.

When should I see my doctor?

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can have a range of symptoms (from no symptoms at all to pneumonia).

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, use the healthdirect Symptom Checker to find out what to do next.

Help slow the spread of COVID-19

It is important to:

Smartphone applications available for Coronavirus information and protection

The Australian Government Department of Health has released two smartphone applications (apps) to help citizens and the Government cope with the pandemic.

Coronavirus Australia Application

In March 2020, the Australian Government launched the Coronavirus Australia application.

The purpose of this application (app) is to provide you with timely, verified updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) including:

This is an informational application only. It does not track your location.

COVIDSafe Application

The COVIDSafe Application was launched by the Australian Government in April.

The purpose of the COVIDSafe application (app) is to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). It tracks the telephone user so the Government can identify and contain virus outbreaks quickly. This in turn will allow the easing of restrictions while still keeping Australians safe.

The new COVIDSafe app is completely voluntary.

It speeds up the current manual process of finding people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. This means you’ll be contacted more quickly if you are at risk. This reduces the chances of you passing on the virus to your family, friends and other people in the community.

State and territory health officials can only access app information if someone tests positive and agrees to the information in their phone being uploaded. Health officials can only use the app information to help alert those who may need to quarantine or get tested.

The COVIDSafe app is the only contact trace app approved by the Australian Government.

At the end of the Australian COVID-19 pandemic, users will be prompted to delete the COVIDSafe app from their phone.

This will delete all app information on a person’s phone. The information contained in the information storage system will also be destroyed at the end of the pandemic.

Warning: There are some mischievous text messages circulating about COVIDSafe. If you receive anything like the following, ignore it:

Good progress made by NSW in managing COVID-19 infections

New South Wales is making excellent progress in managing the COVID-19 pandemic. See the number of tests conducted and low rates of COVID-19 infections detected in your Local Health Districts (LHDs)  and Local Government Areas (LGAs) here.

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 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 at most risk?

Should I wear a mask?

World Health Organisation recommendations on wearing a face mask:

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