Are people with disabilities more at risk of getting infected with COVID-19? No and Yes.
ED Partners is here to inform you about how individuals with disabilities are affected by COVID-19, and how to safeguard yourself or your family members with disabilities against the virus.
COVID-19 And Its Effects On Individuals With Disabilities
To make it clear, not all people with disabilities are more likely to get infected with the virus. However, people with underlying medical conditions, related or unrelated to their disabilities, could be more probable of getting COVID-19.
The first point to be noted is that adults with disabilities are more likely to have chronic medical conditions such as heart diseases, high blood pressure, and diabetes than those without disabilities. All of these conditions put people with disabilities at a higher risk of getting infected by the virus.
Moreover, if the person with a disability requires a caretaker or a family member for mobility, it could put them at higher risk through direct contact with their care assistant. Another example, people with visual impairment could be unable to practice social distancing, or some individuals with disabilities may have difficulties correctly practising other safety measures like washing hands. All of these situations could make people with disabilities vulnerable to the disease.
Safety Measures Against COVID-19 For People With Disabilities
So, what can we do to help ourselves or people with disabilities around us?
Prevention is the key solution. If you or your family members with disabilities are at higher risk, some of the preventive measures to be taken could include-
- Support workers or family members taking care of the person with a disability should check if they have any symptoms related to COVID-19 and immediately keep a safe distance or isolate themselves from the people with disabilities.
- The care assistants should regularly check their temperature, wash their hands, and/ or sanitize themselves before and after coming into contact with a person with a disability.
- Regularly clean and disinfect any surface or object used by the person with a disability, such as wheelchairs and walking sticks-particularly those used outside the house.
- For people with hearing impairment or people with Autism Spectrum, support assistance and caretakers could wear a clear/ transparent mask to make it easier for them to read lips and facial gestures.
- Get vaccinated against the virus to prevent the disease.
Empowering Disability Partners’ support workers are there to support you, keeping COVID-19 safety measures in mind. All of our staff members are adequately instructed to protect their clients and themselves against COVID-19. Our centre is cleaned and we always maintain social distance within the office. Your safety is our utmost priority.
If you or your loved ones are showing any signs of COVID-19, call the National Coronavirus Line.
Contact ED Partners:
1300 908 065