Covid-19 and Disability
It does not discriminate, in terms of age, race, religion, status or continent. This is a global crisis which seems to have shaken the entire world. Due to this the government has taken preventive measures to make sure its spread is curbed. Some countries opting for a total lock down, others having curfew restrictions , quarantines and mass testing. Indeed, everyone is doing all they can to manage this crisis. Hopefully, it will come to an end very soon.
Disabled persons are at a very high risk of contracting COVID-19,during this phase of outbreak of the same .This is because most of these people have chronic diseases , some of them depend on others for daily survival like being bathed and carried to bed ,just to mention a few. Because of this it is almost impossible for them to observe social distance and self-isolation.
Silas Opang’a a visually impaired a lawyer by professional expresses his frustrations on how it becomes impossible to observe social distance .”While , I use a white cane to assist me , I have a guide who helps me with my normal activities, therefore to me social-distance is next to impossible”,says the young lawyer professional.
This is just one case scenarios among many disabled persons. Others , are allergic to the soaps and sanitizers.
For example there are ways caregivers can do not to put the disabled persons at risk. According to the Center for Disease and Prevention Control(CDC), the caregivers of our loved disabled persons should make sure that they do the following to ensure they do not put them at risk:
- Wash their hands when they enter your home and before and after touching you (e.g., dressing, bathing, handling tissues, or when changing linens or doing laundry
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (e.g., counters, tabletops, doorknobs, and equipment such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes, oxygen tanks and tubing, communication boards and other assistive devices
We are all in this together and by making sure we follow the preventive measures, we shall overcome.