It is understandable to be concerned about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and we have been asked by a number of young people and parents if epilepsy puts someone at a higher risk.
There is no evidence that having epilepsy increases the risk of catching the virus or having a more severe case of the illness. The majority of children and young people will get mild symptoms which will pass after a few days.
However, illness can be a seizure trigger in many children and young people – so it’s important to take care. Follow the latest social distancing guidance and get plenty of rest and water if you or your child does get ill.
If you have any questions or concerns you should check with your doctor or epilepsy nurse.
The Government is regularly updating its guidance, so please check here for further information: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
You can find information and support for young people with epilepsy on our new digital platform, The Channel: www.thechannel.org.uk