Potential Impacts of COVID-19 on Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disability: A Call for Accurate Cause of Death Reporting   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "Recent reports suggest that people with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) are dying from coronavirus (COVID-19) at startling rates. In New York State alone, health care providers have confirmed COVID-19 in 1,100 of the 140,000 people with IDD receiving formal disability services, 105 of whom have died. Thus, the COVID-19 case fatality rate for people with IDD who are receiving services in New York State (9.5%) is 2.2 times higher than the reported overall COVID-19 case fatality rate for the state (4.4%). Given that the population of adults with IDD is more likely to die from pneumonia than the general population, and the development of pneumonia is a characteristic of severe COVID-19 cases, the higher case fatality rate is not surprising. However, it is uncertain how much this disparity will increase as deaths continue to accumulate."

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Lerner Center Research Brief Issue Number 20
Syracuse University. Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
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