Author Topic: Almost 60% of people who died with COVID in England in 2020 had a disability  (Read 852 times)

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Nearly six out of every 10 people who died with coronavirus in England last year were disabled, figures suggest.

Some 30,296 of the 50,888 deaths between January and November were people with a disability, Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows.

It also suggests the risk of death is three times greater for more severely disabled people.

Charities have called for urgent government action, describing the data as "horrifying and tragic".

The ONS figures suggest disabled people were disproportionately affected by the pandemic - accounting for 17.2% of the study population but nearly 60% of coronavirus deaths...

Richard Kramer, chief executive of national disability charity Sense, said that throughout the pandemic disabled people had "largely been forgotten, left without sufficient support, information and communication"...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56033813

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People with learning disabilities were up to six times more likely to die from Covid-19 during the first wave of the pandemic, analysis shows.

A report from Public Health England (PHE) found the death rate for those with a learning disability was 30 times higher in the 18-34 age group...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-54924121

The attitudes of some of the employers of disabled people aren't helping either:

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One in five disabled employees had their request to work from home, be furloughed or redeployed during the pandemic rejected, research has shown.

Scope found 22% of disabled staff were put in an "impossible position" of having to choose between keeping their job or staying safe.

It wants the government to give people on the clinically extremely vulnerable list the automatic right to furlough.

The government said it was the employer's responsibility...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-54924121

Would it be outlandish to suggest that some on the far right support getting rid of lockdowns to allow a virus which BAME people and those with a disability are particularly at risk of to rip through the population?

COVID does feel a bit like a viral version of Hitler.

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The ONS figures suggest disabled people were disproportionately affected by the pandemic - accounting for 17.2% of the study population but nearly 60% of coronavirus deaths...

Is it skewed a bit because a higher percentage of older people are disabled?

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https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/articles/coronaviruscovid19relateddeathsbydisabilitystatusenglandandwales/24januaryto20november2020

Is it skewed a bit because a higher percentage of older people are disabled?
Yes, but even age-standardised mortality rates are 3-4x higher amongst the (self-reported) disabled.

A lot of that 3-4x is also to do with residence type (e.g. support living) and socio-economics (disabled people tend to be poorer people living in more deprived areas).

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Great news for eugenics fans!

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This is shocking.

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People with learning disabilities have been given do not resuscitate orders during the second wave of the pandemic, in spite of widespread condemnation of the practice last year and an urgent investigation by the care watchdog.

Mencap said it had received reports in January from people with learning disabilities that they had been told they would not be resuscitated if they were taken ill with Covid-19.

The Care Quality Commission said in December that inappropriate Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) notices had caused potentially avoidable deaths last year.

DNACPRs are usually made for people who are too frail to benefit from CPR, but Mencap said some seem to have been issued for people simply because they had a learning disability. The CQC is due to publish a report on the practice within weeks.

The disclosure comes as campaigners put growing pressure on ministers to reconsider a decision not to give people with learning disabilities priority for vaccinations. There is growing evidence that even those with a mild disability are more likely to die if they contract the coronavirus...

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/13/new-do-not-resuscitate-orders-imposed-on-covid-19-patients-with-learning-difficulties

Was about to post that. I mean what am I missing here? What's the reasoning other then straight up eugenics?

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It's rarely eugenics, insofar as it's not driven by a desire to end anyone's ability to reproduce.

It's often driven by beliefs like:
 - People with learning disabilities have a pre-existing very low quality of life and, tied up with that, value as people
 - People with learning disabilities (and particularly conditions, such as Down's syndrome) have very poor physical health (as a direct consequence of their disability)[1]
 - People with learning disabilities, and their carers, are unlikely to be able to engage in an informed conversation about CPR

 1. This is complicated. However I note that we still see a lot of death certificates where "Down's syndrome", for example, ends up as the underlying cause of death, at that's almost always completely inappropriate.

Yeah, when I worked as a Support Worker several of the service users with disabilities had DNRs, that was back in 2014, and they were living in a residential setting.

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