Covid-19 and disabilities

In March 2020, the world stopped. Well figuratively speaking of course, but we were faced with a new virus which to this day has killed approximately 1,3million people worldwide. Reports have shown, that unless you are healthy and do not have any underlying risk factors, chances of infecting with a deadly version of Covid-19 are relatively small.

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) state in their infograph that people with disabilities are 3 times more likely to suffer from heart diseases, diabetes or even cancer than people without any disability. Some disabilities can also lead to a weakened immune system. All of the aforementioned ARE massive risk-factors to covid-19, so it is safe to say that people with disabilities can be in extremely high risk at infecting the virus.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-disabilities.html

As the preventive measures are still at large, we spoke with the staff at Itäkeskus Family Center. We found out that there has been a decline at visits to the social services as most of their meetings are being held remotely via Skype or teams. As the pandemic and restrictions related to it are still very much at a place, new and worrying research and news are showing up. Mental health problems due to isolation are rising, and for those in the most marginalised position the toll could be overbearing. Social isolation and health problems are intertwined and can lead to severe problems, e.g heart failure and dementia. Add the constant worry and anxiety and already restricted mobility issues, and the results can be catastrophical.

It is also vital to remember that we do not stigmatise too quickly as most of the people with a disability issues do not necessarily have other health problems. People can be as healthy or ill as anyone else. Some underlying risk-factors can still be found and those need to be addressed as swiftly and efficiently as possible.

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  1. Julia

    Hi Antti! 🙂

    First of all, I would like to say that I like your way of writing. It is very clear and playful. This caught my attention right away from the first sentence! That’s very nice and makes reading easy and clear. Thank you for this 🙂

    Now that we have been living with COVID for a while, little by little life is starting to feel a bit normal again (I guess with this I mean ” new normal” ). I wonder if that’s a good or bad thing? … It is awakening to read what terrible things COVID has caused to the world. Reading the number of deaths it has caused especially is sad. We must keep thinking about our fellow human beings, and even though we learn to live with COVID, and begin to find a way to restore our “old normal life”, this does not apply to everyone.

    Thank you for your impressive blog post.

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