As the coronavirus pandemic continues to surge across the nation, many are doubling-down on protection measures to help reduce the spread of the highly contagious and deadly virus to protect those who are most at risk.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults and those with underlying conditions, like heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, are at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
Additionally, the agency recently reported that another group of individuals may be at risk of developing serious coronavirus symptoms: individuals with developmental and behavioral disorders.
Cerebral Palsy and Coronavirus
The information, which was last updated on December 16, 2020 at the time that this article was written, states that people with developmental disorders, including cerebral palsy (CP), are not naturally at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 or developing deadly cases.
However, many of these individuals have underlying conditions that put them at an increased risk of suffering from more exacerbated symptoms. For instance, the virus most notably impacts lung capacity. In many cerebral palsy patients, lung capacity is already impaired and breathing can be limited.
Additionally, these individuals may experience more difficulties finding information, understanding or practicing preventative measures, and communicating potential symptoms of COVID-19.
Advice for Family Members and Caregivers
Family members and caregivers of those with cerebral palsy should take proper safety precautions to avoid bringing home and spreading COVID-19 to the individual with CP. The best way to do this is by following the guidelines set forth by the CDC:
- Avoid public spaces as much as possible
- Avoid public gatherings
- Practice social distancing
- Use tissues for coughs and sneezes
- Wear a facemask when in public
- Wash hands with soap and water frequently
Unless otherwise instructed to do so by the patient’s doctor, continue with their routine care. Additionally, stay away from people who are in contact with anyone who then tests positive or anyone who begins showing symptoms of the illness.
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