Covid 19 - Disability considerations

2020-03-31

WHO and public health authorities around the world are taking action to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Certain populations, such as those with disability, may be impacted more significantly by COVID-19.
Here are some key actions and protective measures to mitigate the impact of Covid 19:

- Avoid crowded environments to the maximum extent possible and minimize physical contact with other people.
- Make purchases online or request assistance from family, friends, or caregivers to avoid needing to access crowded environments.
- Consider gathering urgent items you need such as food, cleaning supplies, medication or medical supplies.
- Ensure that assistive products, if used, are disinfected frequently.

Put a plan in place to ensure continuation of the care and support you need. This may include: 
  - consider increasing the pool of caregivers you can call upon;
  - talk to family and friends about what additional support they can provide; 
  - Identify organizations in your community that you can access if you need help.

Prepare your household for the instance you should contract COVID-19. This includes:
  - Make sure everybody in your house knows what to do if you contract COVID-19 or require assistance:
      - they should know if and what insurance you have;
      - introduce those in your support network so that they can communicate with one another if needed. 
      - Know the phone number of relevant thealth services and hotlines for non-urgent medical assistance.

If anyone in the household is symptomatic of the virus, the person needs to be isolated and instructed to wear a mask, and to access testing as soon as possible. All surfaces need to be disinfected, and everyone in the household needs to be monitored for symptoms. If possible, anyone with an underlying health condition or reduced immunity needs to be moved to a separate location until the completion of isolation periods.


For mental health guidelines, follow these guidelines. 

To find out recommended actions for Governments, healthcare workers, disability service providers and for the community, please check here for full guidelines

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