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seizures and COVID-19

So here is my question. I had my first set of seizures when I was nine. The ER docs at my local hospital had no idea what to do since they didn’t have a PED ward yet so I was at CHOP for about two weeks as they worked to figure out what was wrong with me. At the time, they couldn’t figure it out and I was sent home with the promise that it was a one and done deal. Then at 15 I had my second one, luckily I was given the best Nero that was in my town and he found a small brain scar, diagnosed me with ‘new onset seizures’, put me on Kepra and now, at 28, (knock on wood) everything has been good.

My question is, because I live with my elderly parents, is my seizure disorder considered an underlying condition with COVID 19? There is already 69 cases in my state and I’ve been taking everything protective measure I can to keep my parents healthy. All this time I’ve been concerned about them, but should I also be concerned about myself as well!

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The Epilepsy Foundation just

The Epilepsy Foundation just posted an article on this topic. It’s on the homepage and it addresses your concerns on detail. Here’s a direct link to the article. https://www.epilepsy.com/article/2020/3/concerns-about-coronavirus-and-e... that helps!

Hi,Thank you for posting and

Hi,Thank you for posting and we understand your concerns. We are glad to hear that you have been proactively taking measures to keep you and your loved ones healthy It's important that your reviewing this question with your healthcare team, (along with your parent’s healthcare providers) who can assess individual risks and if any specific medical precautions are needed. The available data suggests that just having epilepsy alone does not increase the risk of getting COVID-19 and does not increase the severity of COVID-19. However, some people with epilepsy also have other health conditions that put them at higher risk from COVID-19. Review our revised article on “Concerns about Coronavirus and Epilepsy “, here: https://www.epilepsy.com/article/2020/3/concerns-about-coronavirus-and-e... , for latest answers to questions you may have about COVID-19 and epilepsy and questions to review with your healthcare team. Additionally, you may always contact our 24/7 Helpline, where trained information specialists are available to answer your questions, offer help, hope, support, guidance, and access to national and local resources. 1-800-332-1000,or contactus@efa.org. epilepsy.com/helpline

COVID-19 is pandemic and is

COVID-19 is pandemic and is spreading all over the world very fastly.... lets see what will happen

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