COVID-19 & Huntington’s Disease

Are people with Huntington’s disease at a higher risk?

Huntington’s disease itself does not necessarily put HD family members at a higher risk of getting COVID-19. However,  people that have Huntington’s disease and are symptomatic, may be more likely to develop pneumonia if they are bedridden and undernourished. They may also be at a higher risk of developing symptoms of COVID-19 and having a more serious illness. Individuals over age 60 are at the highest risk of developing a severe case of COVID-19.

Patients with Huntington’s disease and their caregivers should, therefore, take necessary precautions to protect themselves as advised by their governments and health institutions in their repsective countries.

Caregivers should constantly monitor patients and stock medicines and other necessary supplies that can last for several weeks. Storing extra non-perishable food can help minimize trips to the grocery store and reduce the risk of bringing the virus home. 

If symptoms of a viral infection appear and caregivers have traveled to a high-risk area in the past 40 days, they should avoid contact with the patient for 14 days and consult a healthcare provider.

Resources

Below are some resources that we have gathered for our HD Family during the COVID-19 Pandemic

We have  gathered information here from different  governments and Huntington associations  sources. At times like this, it is vital to only share information that has been approved by official sources.

Mental Health

Infectious disease outbreaks like coronavirus (COVID-19), can be worrying. This can affect your mental health. But there are many things you can do to mind your mental health during times like this.

Excersice at home- For HD families

Many of you will be aware of the importance of staying as physical active as possible both for your general health and in terms of managing your Huntington’s Disease (HD).