The impact of Coronavirus on people with disabilities in the UK remains a topic little discussed. There are doubtless numerous reasons for this, but as the three extracts from reports below (we have links to full reports after each) show, the impact has been significant and deserves to be more widely recognised and discussed:
King’s Fund Report: How Covid-19 has magnified some of social care’s key problems
There have never been as many media stories about social care as there have been in recent months but coverage has focused overwhelmingly on care homes, threatening to reaffirm the widespread misconceptions that social care is synonymous with care homes and with older people. There has been far less coverage, for example, of the much higher death rates of people with a learning disability during the pandemic or the severe impact of Covid-19 on the most disabled working-age adults. And it has been particularly hard to see any focus on central issues such as choice, personalisation and independence amid all the smoke and fire generated by Covid-19.
Care Quality Commission
Between 10 April and 15 May this year, 386 people with a learning disability, some of whom may also be autistic, died who were receiving care from services which provide support for people with a learning disability and/or autism. For the same period last year 165 people with a learning disability, some of whom may also be autistic, died who were receiving care from services which provide support for people with a learning disability and/or autism. This is a 134% increase in the number of death notifications this year.
ONS (Office For National Statistics)
Disability status breakdown of COVID-19 deaths by age and sex
Table 1 shows the number of deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) and their percentage distribution across disability categories among the study population.
Table 1: Deaths involving COVID-19 by disability status: England and Wales, occurring between 2 March to 15 May 2020
Read More: Office for National Statistics