Michigan health officials don't track COVID among people with disabilities despite high risk...


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“People with disabilities are at higher risk of death. It depends on a person’s disability, but everyone with a disability is at higher risk. According to studies done mostly in the United Kingdom, over the course of the pandemic, people with mobility issues were up to 3.5 times more likely to die from COVID. People with Autism were also more than 3 times more likely to die and those with Down’s Syndrome were 4 times more likely to be hospitalized and 10 times more likely to die from catching COVID-19.


“It’s terrifying. I mean, you know, right now, we see mask mandates dropping and we see some of the restrictions rolling back, but people with disabilities are still dying disproportionately higher rates,” Ayesha Ghazi Edwin said. Ghazi Edwin lives with Vitiligo, an autoimmune disorder that makes her more vulnerable to contracting a severe case of COVID. She’s also the deputy director for Detroit Disability Power, a disability advocacy group in metro Detroit.”


Go to bit.ly/mi_covid_plan to send a letter to state officials urging them to release a statewide COVID-19 preparedness plan to protect people with disabilities!


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We don’t know how many people with disabilities died from COVID” Red and black text, "Grant Hermes, Anchor/Reporter"


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