COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts on Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Submitted To:  Bryan Keshen, CEO, Reena
Corresponding Author: Lesley Plumptre, ICES

A Few Highlights from this Study:

  • Amongst those who tested positive, adults with developmental disabilities were hospitalized at twice the rate of those without developmental disabilities (10% vs 4.5%).
  • Overall, COVID + adults with Down syndrome were 3.6 times more likely to be hospitalized than adults without Down syndrome (16.5% vs 4.6%).
  • Overall, COVID + adults with Down syndrome were 6.5 times more likely to die than those without Down syndrome (18.2% vs. 2.8%).
  • Once hospitalized, adults with developmental disabilities were slightly less likely to be treated in the ICU (19.9% vs. 23.9%). Adults over 55 with developmental disabilities were less likely to be admitted to the ICU.

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Acknowledgement & Disclaimers

This study was supported by ICES which is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC).The opinions, results and conclusions are those of the authors and are independent from the funding source. No endorsement by ICES or the Ontario MOHLTC is intended or should be inferred.

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