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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I’m an aspiring writer still looking for exactly what I want to write about, with a lot of creativity, imagination and desire to write.
I studied Writing and Rhetoric at Syracuse University where I explored many different sides of writing through my classes and extracurricular activities in order to narrow my search for an identity as a writer.
I have written for Citrus TV Noticias and La Voz magazine, both of which gave me the chance to explore different mediums in which to write in. Through Citrus TV Noticias I also gained experience in translating from English to Spanish and vice versa, which is also something that I would be interested in working on since I am fluent in both of these languages. I was also an intern at Syracuse University Press where I got hands on experience in what goes into actually editing and publishing a book.
Through out the last four years I have faced a lot of challenges, which helped chape the person I am today. After being in a tragic car accident, being in comma, having a Traumatic Brain Injury, and being in therapy for over a year, I am a new me, willing to face challenges and knowing how to deal with them. I want to write about my accident and life after it to help others, show them it can be done and help in any way I can.
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