Consequences of COVID-19 in people with epilepsy

Takeaway

  • The incidence of COVID-19 is higher among people with epilepsy (PWE) versus the general population; this is particularly true for PWE who also have hypertension or who are independent/institutionalized.

Why this matters

  • COVID-19 is more serious in people with comorbidities such as obesity, diabetes, cancer and certain neurological disorders.

  • Thus far there has been no analysis of whether PWE are more likely to contract COVID-19 or whether they are at increased risk of serious disease.