Down syndrome is not included in any guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the UK’s health ministry as a condition that would put people at increased risk for Covdi-19.
“However it is associated with immune dysfunction, congenital heart failure, and pulmonary pathology and, given its prevalence, may be a relevant albeit unconfirmed risk factor for severe COVID-19,” researchers concluded.
A community at risk
National Down Syndrome Society President and CEO Kandi Pickard said her group is grateful that the study has put a focus on the impact of Covid-19 on people with Down syndrome.
“From the beginning of the pandemic, we have been concerned about our community, especially given the complex medical histories of many of our loved ones,” Pickard said. “This recent study confirms our concerns.”
The society and other Down syndrome organizations worked together to issue
die “Q&A on COVID-19 and Down Syndrome” resource guide to help caregivers and others
. People with Down syndrome often communicate and understand information in different ways
, and they may have trouble understanding social distancing
, masking and other ways to prevent infection
“People with Down syndrome may also have a hard time telling others when they don’t feel well,” according to the coalition. “They may have trouble knowing they have symptoms or how to describe them. For these reasons, they may not raise concerns or seek medical care quickly. Daarom, it is necessary to pay close attention and be watchful.”
Down syndrome is the most common genetic condition diagnosed in the United States every year
, Volgens die CDC
, met meer as 6,000 babies born with the disability every year
. Down syndrome occurs in one in every