The coronavirus pandemic: Accessible technology for education, employment, and livelihoods

Assist Technol. 2021 Nov 23:1-8. doi: 10.1080/10400435.2021.1980836. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTDuring the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, the use of technology to continue societal functions, maintain daily living, and gather information became near ubiquitous overnight. In the United States, universities moved to remote online education, non-essential personnel were asked to work from home, many businesses were forced to rapidly embrace online purchasing and even entertainers held concerts on social media platforms. Professional medical personnel, as well as state and local officials, held daily press briefings about the virus on television, radio, and social media. Disaster research has shown that often disasters exacerbate preexisting inequalities during all-hazards and therefore there are several populations likely to be more at risk, such as people with disabilities, and older adults. While complications from the coronavirus were more severe for older adults and those with preexisting health conditions, the preparedness and response efforts to contain the virus lessened the resiliency of other populations during the US outbreaks, potentially hampering their ability to recover at the same rate. For example, several press conferences from officials failed to include or display ASL interpreters. This would put some Americans at a disadvantage since they may have been unable to receive all of the pertinent information on how to keep safe. Furthermore, with nearly 22% of house...
Source: Assistive Technology - Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Source Type: research

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Eur Respir Rev. 2021 Dec 15;30(162):210194. doi: 10.1183/16000617.0194-2021. Print 2021 Dec 31.ABSTRACTAcute manifestations of SARS-CoV-2 infection continue to impact the lives of many across the world. Post-acute sequelae of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may affect 10-30% of survivors of COVID-19, and post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC)-pulmonary fibrosis is a long-term outcome associated with major morbidity. Data from prior coronavirus outbreaks (severe acute respiratory syndrome and Middle East respiratory syndrome) suggest that pulmonary fibrosis will contribute to long-term respiratory morbidity, suggesting ...
Source: Respiratory Care - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
This study compared the quality of life (QoL) of mothers of children with disabilities (MCD) to the QoL of mothers of children without disabilities (CON) in Saudi Arabia during COVID-19 lockdown. It explored mothers’ concerns and the type of support they need during the quarantine. A comparative cross-sectional study was conducted during the lockdown. An online questionnaire was distributed to mothers raising children with and without disabilities in Saudi Arabia. A total of 340 mothers participated in the study by completing the survey: 93 MCD and 247 CON. The QoL of MCD and CON was assessed using the WHOQOL-BREF qu...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
Abstract The spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was categorized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020. Since the outbreak was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, the public health impact of the disease globally has been enormous. Estimating the burden of the disease at national level is useful for comparing its impact with other diseases in the population and across populations. The disability-adjusted life year (DALY) is one of the most used summary measure of population health, and the key me...
Source: The European Journal of Public Health - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
[New Republic] Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Liberia in March of 2020, persons with disabilities say they have been left out of the covid-19 response mechanisms.
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - Category: African Health Source Type: news
As the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, more companies are starting to require coronavirus vaccines for their employees. But this week, Delta Air Lines chose a different tactic when it became the first major U.S. company to say it will charge more for health insurance if employees do not get vaccinated. Some may see this as a compromise between vaccine mandates and more positive incentives, but experts say it could be complicated to execute and that there’s no way to tell how effective it will be. The move represents the tricky calculus employers are being forced to make as they try to keep employees s...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news
This study examined the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Italy by specifically looking at the psychosocial response of children/adolescents with neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD) and their parents, and explored which factors could potentially contribute to increasing or mitigating stress-related behaviors in children/adolescents as well as their parents’ stress. Method: An online anonymous survey was designed to investigate family demographic characteristics, COVID-19 outbreak and restriction-related variables, children/adolescents’ behavioral regulation problems, parental stres...
Source: Health Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research
People with disabilities and chronic diseases require ease access to health care and rehabilitative services to avoid disease progression and permanent participation restrictions.1 When the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic on March 11 2020, health care providers immediately responded to the acute and anticipated treatment needs of people with COVID-19. The concomitant provision of human, spatial, and financial resources for the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infections and the treatment of COVID-19 led to limitations in the treatment of other health problems in many countries.
Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Tags: Original Research Source Type: research
People with disabilities and chronic diseases require ease access to health care and rehabilitative services to avoid disease progression and permanent participation restrictions.1 When the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic on March 11, 2020, health care providers immediately responded to the acute and anticipated treatment needs of people with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The concomitant provision of human, spatial, and financial resources for the diagnosis of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections and the treatment of COVID-19 led to limitat...
Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL RESEARCH Source Type: research
J Psychiatr Res. 2021 Jun 4;140:533-544. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2021.05.080. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTThe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been associated with mental health consequences due to direct (i.e., SARS-CoV-2 infection, potentially due to neuronal or astrocytic infection, microvascular, or inflammatory mechanisms) and indirect (i.e., social and economic impacts of COVID-19 prevention measures) effects. Investigation of mental health in a region with one of the longest lockdowns and lowest COVID-19 prevalence globally (Victoria, Australia) allowed for evaluation of mental health in the abse...
Source: Australian Family Physician - Category: Primary Care Authors: Source Type: research
For the American public, one of the first signs of the COVID-19 pandemic to come was a tragedy at a nursing home near Seattle. On Feb. 29, 2020, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Washington State announced the U.S. had its first outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Three people in the area had tested positive the day before; two of them were associated with Life Care Center of Kirkland, and officials expected more to follow soon. When asked what steps the nursing home could take to control the spread, Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer for Seattle and King County, said he was working w...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Aging COVID-19 feature franchise Magazine TIME for Health Source Type: news
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