The deadly coronavirus has created panic among people all over the world. Not only people are worried about their health, but the rising cases of COVID-19 have made families concerned about their dear ones who have disabilities. Similar to aging and ailing people, specially-abled are more prone to get affected by the pandemic.
Health authorities across the world have laid down a simple guideline to prevent the virus, such as washing hands for a minimum of 20 seconds and frequently santising. Although, these measures might not be so simple to maintain for a specially-abled person. Something as basic as washing hands might not be possible for people who can’t move their hands without support.
While isolation is being promoted as an important step to prevent the spread of coronavirus, people with needs can’t entirely survive on their own. Some sort of help is always required to meet their daily needs or tasks. This can also put both the differently-abled person and its caretaker at risk of the infection.
The priority of the situation is to treat patients who have tested positive of COVID-19. This means a large number of people will be admitted to hospitals due to the infection. In such a scenario, differently-abled people who require regular medical help might not get priority during their visit. They also run a risk of catching the infection from the hospital.
Many of these special children depend on their caretakers for education or therapies to cope with their situation. The lockdown of the nation has shut schools and such institutes for both the disabled and abled people.
The nobel virus has pushed the world towards a global financial crisis leading to loss of jobs, shutting down of companies and even hit the global stock markets. Although these specially-abled people receive deductions and monthly benefits from the government, they are equally dependant on others financially. Many specially-abled people who used to work have lost their jobs as well.
All of these can create mental stress leading to serious health complications other than coronavirus in the lives of specially-abled people.
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