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Coronavirus and Cerebral Palsy

People who have Cerebral Palsy are other related conditions are considered at high risk for getting seriously ill from Coronavirus (a.k.a. COVID-19). If you have Cerebral Palsy, you should take extra precautions to protect your health. In this article, we will cover the risks and the best practices to keep safe.

The information in this post was compiled from government, educational non-profit, and medical expert sources.

Keep reading to learn more about Coronavirus and Cerebral Palsy. This is a developing story and this post will be updated as new information breaks. 

What Is the Coronavirus (a.k.a. COVID-19)? 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Coronavirus is a novel respiratory virus. The disease is also commonly referred to as COVID-19, which stands for “coronavirus disease 2019.”

The disease was first detected in Wuhan, China, and has since been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

On March 13, President Trump declared a state of national emergency in response to the outbreak. 

Symptoms of Coronavirus include: 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Emergency symptoms include:

  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Lethargy / inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

If you observe these symptoms, please consult with your medical provider immediately. 

Who Is At Risk?

The people most at risk of severe illness from Coronavirus are:

  • Older adults
  • People with existing chronic medical conditions, including:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease
    • Blood disorders
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Chronic liver disease
    • Any form of immune compromising condition

In general, the older a person is, the more at risk they seem to be from Coronavirus.

Are People with Cerebral Palsy at Risk from Coronavirus?

Yes. According to information published by the Harvard Medical School, people with neurological and neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions, including Cerebral Palsy, seizures (epilepsy), strokes, intellectual disability, moderate and severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, and spinal cord injury are all considered to be at high risk.

What Precautions Should People with Cerebral Palsy Take?

Generally, you should follow the recommendations from the CDC and from your medical providers regarding how to prepare and safeguard your health. 

The CDC recommends that high risk populations:

  • Obtain several weeks of medications and supplies
  • Maintain social distancing from others (recommended at least 6 feet physical separation from others, no touching for social niceties like shaking hands or hugging)
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly (aim for at least two minutes with soap and water)
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Do not share personal items with others
  • Wear a facebook if you feel sick
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that you regularly touch at least once per day
  • Avoid crowds of people of 10 or more
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Work from home if you can

In addition to these steps, you may wish to make sure that you have on hand:

  • Fever and pain medicine (acetaminophen or ibuprofen, aka Tylenol and Advil)
  • Cough and cold medicine
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • A working thermometer (check the batteries!)
  • Fluids with electrolytes (Gatorade)
  • Soap and alcohol based hand sanitizer
  • Tissues, toilet paper, and other personal hygiene items 
  • Garbage bags
  • Canned meats, fruits, vegetables, and soups
  • Frozen foods, including fruits, vegetables, and meat
  • Protein bars
  • Dry food, such as cereal, oatmeal, and granola
  • Peanut butter or nuts
  • Pasta
  • Canned beans
  • Canned soup
  • Canned pasta
  • Cooking oil
  • Flower and sugar
  • Crackers
  • Coffee, bottle water
  • Pet food
  • Laundry detergent, dish soap, and cleaners

If you have specific needs, for example, if you depend on a regular caretaker, you should make back up plans for if you or your caretaker are quarantined. In one reported case, a teenager with Cerebral Palsy has died in China when his caretaker was put in quarantine and unable to assist him.

What If You Start Seeing Symptoms?

If you start seeing symptoms in yourself or in an at risk loved one, the best thing to do is to remain calm and call your doctor. Calling ahead if you are not experiencing emergency symptoms will allow them to give you the best personalized advice about the next steps. 

If you are experiencing emergency symptoms, seek help immediately. 

Eligible patients will be tested for Coronavirus and placed in either self-isolation, self-quarantine, or in observation at the hospital. 

Have questions about preparing for Coronavirus? Contact us for free help.


Coronavirus Resource Center. 2020. Health.harvard.edu. Retrieved 17, March, 2020, from https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus-resource-center

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Symptoms. (2020). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved 17 March 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). (2020). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved 17 March 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

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