Introduction: “The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) celebrates World Brain Day on July 22, focusing on a different theme each year. In 2020, the theme is Move Together to End Parkinson’s Disease. The WFN works jointly with the International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society and advocacy organisations worldwide. Parkinson’s disease has not been recognised as a risk factor for a severe form of COVID-19.Still, physical distancing, restrictions on outpatient services, medication supply issues, and other outcomes of the pandemic are probably affecting patients with Parkinson’s disease.
The global burden of Parkinson’s disease doubled between 1996 and 2016, mostly because of environmental risk factors and longer disease duration. This increase is expected to continue, with up to 12 million people predicted to have Parkinson’s disease in the next decade, attributable to the ageing of populations. For World Brain Day, we have defined five key messages (panel). ……”
Wijeratne T, Grisold W, Trenkwalder C, Carroll W: World Brain Day 2020: move together to end Parkinson’s disease. Lancet Neurology 19(8): p. 643 (2020).