Understanding coronavirus and Parkinson's

COVID-19 and Parkinson’s

This page was updated on 26 February 2021 at 5:44pm. This advice will be updated as new information becomes available.

At the time of writing NSW had gone more than 38 consecutive days without any community transmission of COVID-19.

Therefore the Premier of NSW has announced further easing of COVID-19 restrictions as of Friday 26 February 2021. However, despite the new guidelines she urged people not to allow anyone into their home if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

NSW Health will further review restrictions on 17 March.

As always, the priority of Parkinson’s NSW 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.

COVID-19 vaccine

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia.

Priority groups such as aged care and disability care residents and workers, frontline health care workers, and quarantine and border workers will be the first to receive a COVID-19 vaccine starting in February.

The National Rollout Strategy details how the vaccine will be distributed more widely over coming months through over 1,000 distribution sites.

COVID-19 vaccine and Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s NSW has  developed a fact sheet for people living with Parkinson’s.  If you have any questions about the vaccine and what this means for you someone you know living with Parkinson’s please call our specialist care team on 1800 644 189.

Click here to access the COVID-19 vaccine and Parkinson’s information 

What you need to know

 QR Codes

 Venues and businesses are required to record the details of people who visit or shop at that location. This enables contact tracing if a COVID-19 case is associated with that location.

Posters displaying Quick Response (QR) Codes are being used for this purpose (although many locations also provide the option of written registration).

QR Codes may seem intimidating at first, they are simply a version of the barcodes you see every day on consumer goods at your supermarket.

QR codes but they are a fast and accurate way for you to register at places you visit for COVID safety purposes.

This is what a QR code looks like – follow step 1 below to practice using your smartphone. You will be directed to the homepage of the Parkinson’s NSW website.

1.  When you arrive at a venue, open the camera application on your smartphone and point it at the QR code on the poster. There is no need to take a photograph, just point the camera.

This will automatically open a window on your phone screen which will enable you to input your contact information for contact tracing purposes.

2.  If you have the Service NSW application installed, you will automatically be taken to the check in.

If you don’t have the Service NSW application installed, you will be offered two options:

3.  A staff member at the venue may ask to check the successful sign-in on your phone.

Status of COVID-19 in NSW

At the time of writing, New South Wales had zero locally- or interstate-acquired cases of COVID-19.

There was only one case acquired overseas.

A total of 4,954, 361 tests have been carried out to date. Read more facts about COVID-19 in NSW

More than 3,200 people received their COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine in the first two days of the vaccination program in NSW.

As of 26 February, there has been a further easing of restriction for the Greater Sydney region.

Guidelines and restrictions currently in place

In all areas, it is strongly recommended that you go for a COVID-19 test even if you have the mildest of symptoms.

People who are at higher risk of COVID-19 infection include:

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

Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong

Regional and Rural NSW


COVID-19 testing clinics near you

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.

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?

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