Information on COVID-19 and Neuropathy

As far as we know now, having neuropathy does not increase your risk for catching COVID-19 or feeling ill.

However, there are some important points to keep in mind:

1. Patients using corticosteroids or other immunosuppressants have higher risk of all infections, and of more serious illness. It's important to practice social isolation through the worst of the pandemic, and to contact a healthcare provider rapidly for new fever, upper respiratory infection, or difficulty breathing.

2. Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg), purified from donated blood, normally helps protect against infections. However, because blood donors do not yet have antibodies to COVID-19, IVIg will not protect against the virus for now.

3. Patients with neuropathy-related postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), low blood pressure, tachycardia, or dizziness on standing risk fainting if they become dehydrated. Neuropathy patients with these symptoms who become unable to eat and drink for more than one day for any reason should ask a doctor if they might need intravenous rehydration.