Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health workers have advocated actions we all know now by heart: Wash your hands frequently. Maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from others. But for some people with disabilities, those basic strategies don’t apply, says Bonnielin Swenor, PhD ’13, MPH ’09, an expert on disability inclusion and access to care. Frequent hand washing isn’t always possible for people with disabilities, and physical distancing is almost impossible when people rely on personal aides or caregivers, she says. When people with disabilities live in group homes, these challenges are compounded. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can be transmitted easily among people living in shared spaces, as outbreaks in nursing homes and group homes in multiple states have shown.

 

 

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