Covid Threatens People With Intellectual and Developmental Challenges

first_imgChronic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, colorectal cancer, mobility impairment, epilepsy, heart failure, spinal cord injury and liver disease were also associated with an increased risk of death.The report is not the first to highlight the unique risks that individuals with developmental disorders and intellectual disabilities face in the pandemic. Scientists at Syracuse University reported in June that people with these disabilities who were living in group homes in New York State had far higher rates of Covid-19, compared with other state residents, and that their risk of dying was markedly higher, as well.The population is uniquely vulnerable for several reasons. Many live in group homes or receive care from aides, therapists or teachers who must maintain close physical proximity in order to assist them. Between 16 percent and 20 percent live in congregate settings, compared with only 6 percent of seniors, said Scott Landes, an associate professor of sociology at Syracuse University and an author of that study.- Advertisement – Many are medically frail to begin with, with high rates of underlying health conditions, particularly respiratory problems. That makes them susceptible to pneumonia, increasing the risk for severe illness if they become infected with Covid.Individuals with Down syndrome are more likely to have congenital heart defects; they may have less muscle tone around the neck and a larger tongue, increasing the risk of choking frequently and developing lung infections. Over all, the death rate among all patients with Covid-19 was 0.6 percent. By contrast, 1.22 percent of those with developmental disorders and Covid-19 died, as did 3.37 percent of those with intellectual disabilities.In addition to the high risk to people with developmental disorders, lung cancer and intellectual disabilities, people with spina bifida and other nervous system anomalies were twice as likely to die of Covid-19. So were patients with leukemia and lymphoma.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Black Cats get the point

first_img The Black Cats were in front within the opening few seconds when Connor Wickham pounced on an error by Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. Stoke deservedly equalised in the 27th minute as Charlie Adam continued his recent goalscoring heroics by cracking home an unstoppable shot, moments after Jermain Defoe had spurned a fine chance for the visitors. Press Association There were decent opportunities for either side to win the match after the break, but it finished with honours even, with Costel Pantilimon diving to keep out another Adam strike at the end. While the result takes Sunderland to 30 points with five games remaining, they have fallen from 16th, a point clear of the drop zone, to 18th, a point adrift of safety, with both Hull and Leicester leapfrogging them after winning their fixtures on Saturday. Stoke, meanwhile, remain ninth. The build-up to the game had certainly been far from ideal for the Wearside outfit, with midfielder Adam Johnson on Thursday being charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one of grooming. But – with Johnson absent from their matchday 18 – the contest began as well for Sunderland as they could have imagined as they grabbed the lead inside a minute. Begovic fumbled horribly as he tried to collect a Will Buckley cross and Wickham took full advantage, prodding in from close range. Stoke responded strongly, with Adam sending a swerving shot into Pantilimon before having penalty appeals turned down when he went down under the attentions of Buckley. Pantilimon then got down low to palm away a Jonathan Walters shot and saw a Stephen Ireland volley deflect wide. Sunderland had mustered little since their goal, but in the 25th minute they might have extended their lead as a long ball that was not dealt with by Philipp Wollscheid put Defoe through on goal. A turbulent few days for Sunderland ended with them claiming a point towards their Barclays Premier League survival bid but also dropping into the relegation zone as they drew 1-1 with Stoke at the Britannia Stadium. The striker could only fire into the side-netting, though, and moments later his profligacy was punished as Adam drew things level with his third goal in four games. Neat play between Walters and Marko Arnautovic saw the latter turn nicely and tee up Adam, who rifled the ball into the top corner. Stoke continued to pressurise, with Ryan Shawcross heading over, Arnautovic bending a shot into the arms of Pantilimon and Adam trying for another spectacular effort that went too high. The Potters were putting together some nice passing moves, particularly getting joy down the left flank, and their opponents looked relieved to hear the whistle for half-time. Sunderland – with John O’Shea playing on despite taking a boot in the face from Wollscheid just prior to the interval, but Danny Graham on for Buckley – did their best to create some momentum at the start of the second period, Jordi Gomez shooting to Begovic and the goalkeeper then turning a Defoe attempt behind. The sleeping Wollscheid was subsequently robbed of possession and Wickham burst through, but a great Shawcross block denied him. And soon after, another decent chance went begging for the visitors as Billy Jones found space in the area but his shot deflected wide. The visitors then survived a scare when Pantilimon did superbly to to divert over a Mame Biram Diouf strike after the frontman chested down Adam’s free-kick. Peter Crouch came on for Stoke and saw a Sunderland shirt get in the way of his goalbound effort, before Arnautovic struck wide. Crouch’s team-mate Peter Odemwingie, recovered from his long-term knee injury, was introduced with 10 minutes to go for his first appearance since August. And with only three minutes of normal time remaining, Pantilimon preserved a point for his side by diving to tip away Adam’s drive. last_img read more

Wimbledon 2019: Rafael Nadal outplays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for speedy progress into next round

first_imgRafael Nadal needed just an hour and 48 minutes to ease past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 and reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.Nadal found a tough second-round opponent in Nick Kyrgios, requiring four sets and two tie-breaks to advance, but two-time All England Club semifinalist Tsonga was far more accommodating. Nick Kyrgios unapologetic over Rafael Nadal shot: ‘I wanted to hit him’ The French Open champion raced through the first set and then hit top form for a time in the second when Tsonga attempted to dig in on Centre Court.Serene progress was sealed swiftly in the third and Nadal faces Joao Sousa or Dan Evans next. Related News Nadal led from the first break opportunity when Tsonga’s forehand narrowly missed the left sideline, with a review agonizingly going against the Frenchman.There was no immediate sign of a response from Tsonga and instead the opener was concluded on his serve as Nadal stepped on the accelerator. Tsonga, who missed last year’s tournament following knee surgery, showed skill at the net to stick with Nadal early in the second, but his hard work was undone by an awful double-fault.Nadal appeared in no mood to stick around and dominated for a break to love early in the third, with his opponent evidently resigned to his fate.Another shot went long to see Nadal disappear further into the distance, although his confident, comfortable victory was secured only after Tsonga had played to the crowd with a gutsy hold on a punishing day — the Spaniard having to wait a further game before converting his fourth match point.last_img read more