When I first heard of the Coronavirus spread, the first question I had was if it would increase my risk of seizures, if it would cause one, even while I’m on medication or if it increased the risk of coronavirus.

People with epilepsy are not immunocompromised so it does not put us at a higher risk, but it could be for people with other health conditions in addition to epilepsy, such as other neurological development issues or other medical problems such as diabetes. There is also no evidence that anti-epileptic drugs can increase the risk of coronavirus infection.

But at the end of a very serious infection of COVID-19, there can be damage to organs, including the brain. In these cases a person with epilepsy could have a seizure.

We are still at risk of getting coronavirus, just like everybody else, so we have to take the same care as everybody else. We have to wash our hands, keep social distance of at least 6 feet, and stay in our homes. This last one is important, not only to protect ourselves but to protect others.

And don’t forget to take your medicine and wash your hands!

Concerns About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Epilepsy


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