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Continue to Be Vigilant!
In many of our recent articles we have been stressing the importance of staying vigilant with precautionary measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. WebMD has recently posted a new article Intellectual Disability Raises COVID-19 Death Risk that puts this need to stay vigilant into perspective.
According to the database used in the study, the virus claimed the lives of just under 3% of COVID-19 patients between the ages of 18 and 74 who did not have an IDD. But among COVID-19 patients who do have an IDD, that figure rose by half, to 4.5%
The article provides some additional explanation of why individuals with an IDD are at higher risk. It is important we do everything we can to support individuals and promote cautionary behavior to decrease risk of COVID-19 spread. So please spread the word continue to prioritize guidance as we continue to transition back into the community.