COVID-19 cases are on the rise across the US. It is important to be safe. You can protect yourself and others by following some simple guidelines. This is critical during the holiday season.
Protect Unvaccinated Family Members
Some people in your family need to continue to take steps to protect themselves from COVID-19, including
- Anyone not fully vaccinated, including children under 5 years of age who cannot be vaccinated yet
- People with weakened immune systems or underlying medical conditions
- Get Vaccinated
- Wear a Mask
- Stay 6 feet away from others
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces
- Wash your hands often
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean and disinfect
- Monitor your health daily
These tips can help people to stay safe and healthy.
1 in 4 adults in the United States has a disability.
What is a disability?
- A disability is when a person’s body, mind and/or emotional functions intersect with a physical or social environment. This results in limitation in activities or restrictions in full participation for the person.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data outlines the disability status of U.S. adults. It shows that:
- 12.0% of adults have a Cognitive Disability
- 5.9% of adults have a Hearing Disability
- 12.8% of adults have a Mobility Disability
- 5.0% of adults have a Vision Disability
- 3.8% of adults have a Self-care Disability
- 7.0% of adults have an Independent Living Disability
People with disabilities are diverse and have a wide-range of healthcare and support needs.
This infographic highlights the challenges facing the disability community. It shows clear steps that can be taken to support the health and well-being of this community.
Disability, Health Equity & COVID-19 Infographic
The BBC reports “Covid: Learning disability death rates ‘six times higher.” In the United Kingdom, “Learning Disabled” is the same as “Intellectual Disability or ID” (formerly “Mental Retardation”) in the United States.
According to the BBC article, “Covid: Disabled people account for six in 10 deaths in England last year – ONS,” Their risk of death involving Covid was 3.7 times greater.