According to the WorldoMeters, the United States has the largest number of reported Coronavirus cases in the world, with more than 266,578 cases till that moment.
These huge numbers make everyone worry, however, people with intellectual disabilities are the ones who are in real danger after Disaster preparedness plans in Washington and Alabama said that they are a lower priority for lifesaving treatment, according to the proplublicaorg.
According to Alabama’s guidelines: “Persons with severe or profound mental retardation, moderate to severe dementia, or catastrophic neurological complications such as persistent vegetative state are unlikely candidates for ventilator support.”
And it adds, “persons with severe mental retardation, advanced dementia or severe traumatic brain injury may be poor candidates for ventilator support.”
Emily Wallance, the 67 years old woman with Down syndrome was the first in her community to die after being diagnosed with coronavirus earlier this month.
Her death made everyone around her terrified.
Ari Na’eman, a visiting scholar at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University, told NPR, “They are terrified that when it comes to scarce resources like ventilators they will being sent to the back of the line.
And they are right to be terrified because many states are saying this quite explicitly in their allocation criteria.”
Ivanova Smith, a woman with an intellectual disability, also told NPR, “We’re not seen as valuable. We’re not seen as productive or needed. When that’s not true.
We have people that love us and that care for us. Many people with disabilities work and they do amazing things in their communities but they need life-saving care.”
Unfortunately, according to a letter that is sent to a hospital, according to Detroit Free Press the life and death protocols for Coronavirus are true!