People with Parkinson’s need clarity around new Covid guidelines

With a second wave imminent, the Government needs to ensure now, more than ever, that everyone is clear about how to keep themselves and others safe.

Commenting on the Government’s updated guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid-19, Laura Cockram, Head of Policy and Campaigning at Parkinson’s UK, said:

“Since the start of the Covid crisis, people with Parkinson’s have been left in the dark. While more susceptible to infection, they were not on the NHS shielded patients list. Over the past seven months, this ‘vulnerable, but not vulnerable enough’ position has led to ambiguous advice, confusion and untold amounts of stress.

“With a second wave imminent, the Government needs to ensure now, more than ever, that everyone is clear about how to keep themselves and others safe. The public is constantly called upon to use ‘common sense’, however this vague catch-all is not enough for people with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s UK supports older people, their carers and families, who may be feeling more isolated than ever. We also support working-age people, who could be forced to choose between their livelihood and their health. Leaving people in the lurch like this is not only dangerous, but cruel.
 
“We are calling on the Government to provide solid, evidence-based support for the 145,000 people with Parkinson’s living in the UK today.”

ENDS

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About Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s UK 

Parkinson’s is what happens when the brain cells that make dopamine start to die. There are more than 40 symptoms, from tremor and pain to anxiety. Some are treatable, but the drugs can have serious side effects. It gets worse over time and there’s no cure. Yet.

Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world. Around 145,000 people in the UK have Parkinson’s.

For more facts and statistics, please click here.

Further information, advice and support is available on our website, www.parkinsons.org.uk.