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

‘Pusher’ falls in buy-bust

first_imgWhen frisked, Odasco yielded five more sachets of suspected shabu. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Sagay City police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Odasco – resident of Barangay Vito, Sagay City – was caught after he sold a sachet of suspected illegal drugs to an undercover officer for P500 around 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 1, the police added. The 35-year-old Aljearhu Odasco was arrested in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Andres Bonifacio, Sagay City, Negros Occidental, police said. BACOLOD City – He sold suspected shabu, police said.last_img read more