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

Mum ‘already received life sentence’ – Family First

first_imgNZ Herald 17 April 2015The mother of a Whanganui toddler who died after allegedly being accidentally left in a car on a hot summer’s day has been charged with manslaughter.The woman appeared in the Whanganui District Court yesterday but her name, and that of her husband, and all the details of the hearing were suppressed by the judge.She was charged with the manslaughter of her 16-month-old son, (name withheld) , on January 16 by failing to provide the necessaries of life.University of Auckland law professor Dr Bill Hodge told TVNZ’s Breakfast show today the law imposed a duty on a caregiver of an infant to provide reasonable care.“If you breach that duty or you appear to breach that duty and a person dies as a result, homicide is the outcome and the law says it could be culpable homicide, so that’s appropriate to go to the right authority being a high court jury trial.”Family First NZ called on the police to drop the case altogether.The mother had “already received a life sentence”, said national director Bob McCroskrie.“She will have to live with the tragic outcome of the death of her son.“What is the point of pursuing this further?” hot-car death: Mum charged with manslaughterNZ Herald 16 April 2015Following the court appearance today, Family First NZ called on the police to drop the case, saying the woman had “already received a life sentence” over the boy’s death.“She will have to live with the tragic outcome of the death of her son. What is the point of pursuing this further?” Bob McCoskrie, national director of Family First NZ, said.“This has had devastating consequences that no jail term or punishment could outweigh.“There is a place for charges to be laid in similar circumstances, but when the outcome has been so tragic, it seems the mother has been punished enough.“This does not appear to be a neglectful mother. It appears to be simply a tragic, tragic mistake.” First: Drop charges against womanNewsTalk ZB 16 April 2015 The Family First lobby group believe police need to follow precedent and drop charges against a woman accused of the manslaughter of Whanganui toddler (name withheld)The woman appeared in the Whanganui District Court this morning, was granted name suppression and will be back in court next month.Family First’s national director Bob McCoskrie is pointing to a case where a father was given a let off after leaving the handbrake off his car, which led to his son’s death.“We noticed that the court showed compassion and discharged without conviction, so I’m not quite sure why that precedent has been set, has been ignored by the police.” car death: Woman charged with manslaughter3News 16 April 2015 read more

Rowdy group attracts local authorities

first_img– Advertisement – On the evening of July 12, Fort St. John RCMP responded to a call involving a group of disorderly individuals. On Tuesday night, a disruption of the peace led local authorities to Taylor. RCMP arrested the intoxicated group of four, who were eventually released from custody.center_img No charges were laid as a result of the event.     The incident, originally thought to be a break and enter, turned out to be a group of intoxicated people fighting and disrupting the peace.last_img read more