CHALLENGES IN PERSON WITH DISABILITY IN POST COVID

Introduction- Corona virus disease 2019, caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus 2 (SARS-Cov-2), is a multisystem infectious disease which has led to a global pandemic. The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is proving to have far-reaching, detrimental implications on education and rehabilitation for persons with disabilities around the world.

Most common symptoms:
-Fever
-Dry cough
-Tiredness

Less common symptoms:
-Aches and pains
-Sore throat
-Diarrhea
-Conjunctivitis
-Headache
-Loss of taste or smell
-A rash on skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes

Serious symptoms:
-Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
-Chest pain or pressure
-Loss of speech or movement

Family involvement in the planning and implementation of treatment for their children with disabilities was often seen as nonessential, and it was commonly held that families should defer to the decision of providers. Yet, after COVID-19, families will have a major role in decision-making.

Persons with disabilities generally have more health-care needs than others – both standard needs and needs linked to impairments and are therefore more vulnerable to the impact of low quality or inaccessible health-care services than others. Compared to persons without disabilities, persons with disabilities are more likely to have poor health: among 43 countries, 42 per cent of persons with disabilities versus 6 per cent of persons without disabilities perceive their health as poor.

Persons with disabilities generally have more health-care needs than others – both standard needs and needs linked to impairments and are therefore more vulnerable to the impact of low quality or inaccessible health-care services than others. Compared to persons without disabilities, persons with disabilities are more likely to have poor health: among 43 countries, 42 per cent of persons with disabilities versus 6 per cent of persons without disabilities perceive their health as poor.

CONCLUSION:
The current situation has created an inevitable shift to technology. What were formerly considered a hindrance may be the most viable, time effective and least expensive path to treatment. By analyzing data online, a service provider is able to relay immediate and automated support to the family. For example, if a family experiences difficulty in getting their child to respond properly, they can request immediate counseling remotely.

Ms. Harshika Gupta, BPT – IV, Department of Physiotherapy, Career Point University, Kota

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