COVID-19 and Epilepsy

Based on an article originally published February 28, 2020, and updated several times.

Available data suggests that people with epilepsy alone or with seizures as their main symptoms do not have a higher risk of getting COVID-19. We encourage you to learn more about COVID-19 symptoms, safety, treatment, and risk factors that may affect your immune system when living with epilepsy.

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COVID19 and Epilepsy Fact Sheet May 2020

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Authored By:

Patty Osborne Shafer RN, MN

on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Reviewed By:

Andres M. Kanner MD
Elaine Wirrell MD

on Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Resources

Epilepsy Centers

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Epilepsy Medication

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Epilepsy and Seizures 24/7 Helpline

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