Living with Coronavirus – A bit like Living with Parkinson’s?
We all understand that Parkinson’s is not contagious and self isolation will not protect us from getting it. I’m not seriously suggesting they are in any way similar diseases but like Coronavirus, Parkinson’s has been described many times as a global pandemic. With both conditions affecting millions of people worldwide, I can’t help but notice there are a number of other similarities between the consequences of living with Coronavirus and the consequences of living with Parkinson’s. In the case of both conditions:
You are no longer able to do all of the things you want to do
Feeling ‘normal’ seems a long time ago
You lose your sense of smell
Behind the mask, no-one can see your facial expression
They interfere with your social life
The rules change regularly – just when you think you understand them, they change
They increase your risk of anxiety and depression
They impact on every aspect of daily life
Everyone around you is affected too
Millions of pounds have gone into research
Thankfully, we now have a vaccine for Coronavirus and one day life will return to normal. Come on Parkinson’s let’s catch up!