COVID Deadlier for Those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

COVID Deadlier for Those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Published: 2022-09-15
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Synopsis: COVID was the top cause of death for people with Intellectual and Development Disabilities (IDD), while it was the third leading cause of the death for people without. IDD are conditions characterized by life-long impairments in mobility, language, learning, self-care, and independent living. Examples include Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and intellectual disabilities. Researchers noted the higher occurrences of hypothyroidism and seizures among all IDD statuses and obesity among decedents with intellectual disability and Down syndrome.



Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDDs)

IDDs are differences usually present at birth and uniquely affect the trajectory of the individual’s physical, intellectual, and/or emotional development. Many of these conditions affect multiple body parts or systems. Intellectual disability starts any time before a child turns 18 and is characterized by differences in intellectual functioning or intelligence, which include the ability to learn, reason, problem solves, and other skills; and Adaptive behavior, which includes everyday social and life skills. The term “developmental disabilities” is a broader category of often lifelong challenges that can be intellectual, physical, or both. [...]

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