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Everything You Need to Know About COVID-19 & Down Syndrome

Most people with Down syndrome are at “high risk” for COVID-19 because they have certain underlying medical conditions such as sleep apnea. GLOBAL has created or supports these important resources to help answer your questions.

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A Message to Our Family, Friends, Colleagues & Supporters

GLOBAL and our affiliates have received numerous inquiries about whether or not people with Down syndrome are more at risk than typical people when it comes to exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Many inquiries are related to health risks and many are also related to spring break travel on planes. With COVID-19 coronavirus being categorized as an official pandemic by the World Health Organization, and after discussing with our affiliates, at this moment in time we are comfortable providing the following information.

At GLOBAL, we recognize that every family and individual has their unique situation, and we stand ready to support you where we can. Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. In the meantime please be safe!

Sincerely,
Michelle Sie Whitten and the GLOBAL/Affiliate Team

Download GLOBAL's Info Sheet about COVID-19 Coronavirus


Other Important Resources

Important Statistics & Updates:

Up-to-Date Coronavirus Stats by the Numbers

Coronavirus by the Numbers
Updated by the Hour – Stay up to date on the world’s reported coronavirus cases and statistics by country

The Latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

The Latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Updated Daily – Stay up to date on the latest information regarding symptoms, preparation, protecting yourself, and more

Recommendations for High Risk Individuals

Recommendations for High Risk Individuals
3/20/2020 – What the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends for sickness prevention


Webinars & Podcasts:

Important Information about Coronavirus COVID-19 and Down Syndrome from Experts

NDSC Board President’s Coronavirus Interviews
5/18/2020 – Listen to podcasts on COVID-19 outbreak, featuring NDSC President & Director of the Western Pennsylvania Down Syndrome Center, Dr. Kishore Vellody, and infectious disease expert, Dr. Andrew Nowalk. Part 1 (3/10) here, Part 2 (3/31) here, Part 3 (5/18) here

NDSC, GLOBAL, and NDSS hosted a joint webinar on health care rationing during COVID-19

No Discrimination in Health Care Rationing Webinar
4/14/2020 – NDSC, GLOBAL, and NDSS hosted a joint webinar on health care rationing during COVID-19 and how to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities.

NDSC Webinar Online Learning from Home

NDSC Online Webinar Series
3/31/2020 – Check out NDSC’s 3-part Parent Webinar Series on online learning, featuring Sean J. Smith, professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas and NDSC Board member.

COVID-19 and Pediatric Care

COVID-19 & Pediatric Care
3/19/2020 – A pediatrician and mother of a child with Down syndrome, Dr. Abbie Smith, shares what parents need to know about Coronavirus


Blogs & Publications:

Travel Considerations for People with Down Syndrome (COVID-19)

Travel Considerations for People with Down syndrome
3/2020 – A lead author on GLOBAL’s Medical Care Guidelines for Adults with Down syndrome, Dr. Brian Chicoine, discusses important travel considerations for individuals with DS during the outbreak

Work and Activity Considerations for People with Down Syndrome (COVID-19)

Work & Activity Considerations for People with Down syndrome
3/2020 – Dr. Brian Chicoine, discusses important work and activity considerations for individuals with Down syndrome during the outbreak

Education for Your Child During COVID-19

Education for Your Child During COVID-19
3/12/2020 – A Q&A from the Department of Education discusses best practices for continuing education for children with disabilities During COVID-19

Visual Learning Curriculum at Home

Visual Learning Curriculum at Home
A useful resource for parents and educators to create visual checklists and schedules for children, created by the N.J. Coalition for Inclusive Education

15 Rules for Stopping the Spread of the Coronavirus

15 Rules for Non-Profits Facing COVID-19
3/17/2020 – Click here to see Guidelines/Rules for preventing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), set forth by the White House & Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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Other Important News Articles:

 

David Thomas, a man with Down syndrome, celebrated his 50th birthday with a socially distant drive-by party.
8/19/2020

NY coronavirus policy harming disabled youth, parents say: ‘The regression is devastating’
8/4/2020

Families with special education students left in limbo with no clear plan from districts
7/31/2020

Foundations pledge support for COVID-19 relief – update
7/30/2020

‘Ethics’ Panel In Covid Cases Will Help Pick Who Gets Aggressive Care, Texas Hospital Says
7/24/2020

56 Albania Down Syndrome Individuals and Families Supported by International Aid for COVID-19
7/24/2020

Parent of daughter with Down Syndrome worries she, others will fall behind with virtual learning
7/23/2020

How to center disability in the tech response to COVID-19
7/20/2020

Man with Down Syndrome mails cards across globe to connect with people
7/19/2020

The ‘Anticipatory Fear’ of Life With (and Without) a Disability During COVID-19
7/19/2020

Reopen Schools? Here’s What You Had to Say
7/16/2020

Virtual education was ‘a disaster’ for her son with Down syndrome. Here’s what students with disabilities really need
7/15/2020

HOMETOWN HERO: Nurse brightens day of COVID-19 patient with Down syndrome
7/15/2020

23-Year-Old With COVID-19 On Ventilator For 41 Days Discharged From Texas Hospital
7/14/2020

People with disabilities protest police violence, COVID-19 discrimination
7/14/2020

Group Home Residents With Developmental Disabilities More Likely To Die From COVID-19
7/13/2020

How My Disability Prepared Me for Covid-19
7/12/2020

In D.C. wards hit hardest by covid-19, sending kids to school is a risk some parents won’t take
7/10/2020

Trump Administration Weighs In On Disability Services Amid COVID-19
7/10/2020

Nurse uses art to cheer up COVID-19 patient after having virus herself
7/9/2020

Down’s syndrome campaigner gets married with 10,000 watching the ceremony online
7/8/2020

Mother weighs back-to-school options for her daughter with Down syndrome
7/7/2020

Parents of teens with special needs find themselves alone in Covid-19 lockdown
7/6/2020

Deadly Discrimination: The Forgotten Impact Of Covid-19 On People With Disabilities
7/6/2020

Parents of teens with special needs find themselves alone in Covid-19 lockdown
7/6/2020

Coronavirus: Why disabled people are calling for a Covid-19 inquiry
7/4/2020

Woman with Down syndrome is ‘inseparable’ from her mother, 99, is reunited with her for the first time since lockdown
7/3/2020

Fox 5 NY

For coronavirus victim with Down syndrome, a college dream
6/18/2020

Fox 5 NY

COVID-19 claims Yeshiva University student with Down syndrome months before graduation
6/18/2020

AP

Thousands sick from COVID-19 in homes for the disabled
6/10/2020

New York Times

Rationing Plans in Coronavirus Crisis Draw Growing Discrimination Complaints
6/10/2020

DS Scoop

Feds Pump Millions Into Disability Housing As Part Of Coronavirus Relief
6/9/2020

WebMD

Intellectual Disability Raises COVID-19 Death Risk
6/8/2020

BBC

Coronavirus: ‘Our son with Down’s syndrome is thriving in lockdown’
6/3/2020

Chicago Tribune

‘Our residents are in crisis’: In state-run homes for adults with disabilities, COVID-19 spread quickly
5/22/2020

CBS 6 News Albany

Cuomo responds on nursing homes, State to make changes in group homes after CBS 6 report
5/20/2020

Daily Record UK

Scots Olympic medalist with Down’s syndrome cheered as he leaves ICU after surviving coronavirus
5/18/2020

NPR

Hospital Visitor Bans Under Scrutiny After Disability Groups Raise Concerns
5/17/2020

ABC 7 NY

Coronavirus News: 20-year-old with Down syndrome goes home after beating COVID-19
5/14/20

The Hill

Locked up long before the coronavirus lockdown
5/14/20

CNN

How hospitals make tough ethical calls about which lives to save during a pandemic
5/13/20

One News Now

A united front for high-risk individuals
5/11/20

Human Rights Watch

Lebanon: People with Disabilities Overlooked in Covid-19
5/11/20

Disability Scoop

COVID-19 Cases At Group Homes, Institutions Going Untracked
5/11/20

9 & 10 News

Sault Ste. Marie Community Throws Birthday Parade for Toddler with Down Syndrome
5/9/20

KOB 4

Community celebrates man with Down syndrome on his birthday with drive-by parade
5/9/20

Yahoo! Life

Pandemic Life With ‘Hannah Banana,’ My Daughter With Down Syndrome
5/8/20

Managed Healthcare Executive

Why People With Down Syndrome May Be At Risk for Severe COVID-19
5/6/20

UN

COVID-19 Outbreak and Persons with Disabilities
5/6/20

Wales Online

Woman with Down’s syndrome beats the odds and leaves hospital after battling coronavirus
4/24/20

Scripps National News

Florida student with Down syndrome leaves hospital after beating COVID-19
4/24/20

Yahoo! Life

6 Online Therapy Tips for Preschoolers With Disabilities During COVID-19
4/20/20

ABC 7 LA

Family questions safety at Upland facility after outbreak, death of loved one with Down syndrome
4/20/20

FOX News

Disability advocates file federal complaint against some states
4/19/20

Wall Street Journal

Coronavirus Strains Safety Net for People With Disabilities
4/19/20

Sky News

Coronavirus: Mother’s joy as son beats virus
4/19/20

Washington Post

Group homes for disabled adults grapple with the spread of coronavirus
4/18/20

USA Today

‘The damage was done’: 89 test positive for coronavirus at Texas facility
4/16/20

News 7 Miami

Down syndrome patient infected with COVID-19 celebrates full recovery
4/15/20

TODAY

Man with Down syndrome dies of COVID-19 on 30th birthday, days after mom’s death
4/15/20

USA Today

‘We are dead’: People with disabilities express fears amid coronavirus crisis
4/15/20

Wall Street Journal

Man with Down syndrome dies of COVID-19 on 30th birthday, days after mom’s death
4/9/20

New York Times

‘It’s Hit Our Front Door’: Homes for the Disabled See a Surge of Covid-19
4/8/20

ProPublica

People With Intellectual Disabilities May Be Denied Lifesaving Care Under These Plans as Coronavirus Spreads
3/27/20

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