Developed by the Huntington's Disease Association of England & Wales
ARE PEOPLE WITH HUNTINGTON'S
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, please make sure you follow social distancing guidance and self-isolating guidance if you experience COVID-19 symptoms. If you have been traveling to a high-risk area lately, you should also avoid close 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.