The coronavirus emergency across the world is on everyone's mind. People are worried about their health and also concerned about their family members or friends who have disabilities as they are more vulnerable to getting sick with COVID-19 similar to older people or people with chronic diseases or compromised immune system.
There are several simple guidelines imposed by the government to prevent the risk of coronavirus like washing hands with soap and water, covering mouth and nose with a mask and maintaining a few simple precautions. However, there are many disabled people who find these simple steps harder to perform and keep themselves safe.
Problems Faced By Disabled People
1. Hand Wash: As hand wash is the prominent advice given by medical experts to protect against coronavirus, many disabled people can't move their hands freely to wash their hands or reach to a sink or press the tip of a soap dispenser by themselves.
2. Isolation: Isolating ourselves at home or away from others is important to prevent the spread of coronavirus. However, many people with disabilities can't entirely isolate themselves as they need someone or a health worker to look after them to carry out their daily tasks. This may put both the disabled person and the caretaker at risk of the disease.
3. Healthcare Rights: Amidst the coronavirus outbreak, the isolation wards and ventilators are running short due to a large number of people getting admitted to hospitals due to coronavirus. In such cases, medical experts may deprioritise disabled people to favour people who have higher chances of getting well soon.
4. Closure Of Help-Providing Institutions: Many disabled children or youth are depended on caregivers for education and therapies under a certain outside program. Due to the lockdown of such schools and the educational system, parents are worried about how to cope with the situation without any external help.
5. Financial Help: As the government agencies and private companies are providing much financial help to people due to the pandemic outbreak, disabled people may experience some reduction in their monthly benefits or negligence in their medical policies.How To Prevent Discrimination Against Disabled People