WHAT IS COVID-19?
COVID-19, short for coronavirus disease 2019, is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus. According to WHO, the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
Are people with Huntington’s disease at a higher risk?
Huntington’s disease (HD) itself does not necessarily put you at a higher risk of getting COVID-19. However, people who are symptomatic may be in the “high-risk” category because of difficulties swallowing, clearing secretions from the lungs, and self-understanding of limitations. There may also be an increased risk of developing pneumonia as a result of being bedridden and undernourished. In general, individuals over age 60 are at the highest risk of developing a severe case of COVID-19.
To stay safe and healthy we should therefore take necessary precautions to protect ourselves and those around us. We highly recommend you to follow advice given by your local government, health institutions and WHO – this includes washing your hands regularly and maintain social distancing.
If you are caring for someone affected by Huntington’s disease and you’re displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or have been traveling to a high-risk area in the past 40 days, you should avoid contact with the Huntington patient for 14 days and consult a healthcare provider. Moreover, some HD patients at particularly high risk may need to isolate themselves even more strictly.