'Destined' to be a physio, Alistair Beverley speaks out for people with learning disabilities: a Q&A
The death toll among people with learning disabilities triggered by Covid-19 has been raising huge concerns for months, as a PhysioUpdate article highlighted last November.
In this exclusive article, you can read what Alistair Beverley, a committed learning disability physiotherapist, has to say about the issues and how physios in other areas of practice can play their part in delivering appropriate support.
Does the pandemic raise concerns for you, given your area of practice?
Covid-19 poses a very real risk for people with learning disabilities. Irrespective of your field of practice, the figures from the first wave tell a harrowing story: people with learning disabilities are more likely to die from coronavirus than people without by a ratio of six to one.
Death rates in young men aged 18-34 are 30 times higher than the general population. We already know that people with learning disabilities have significantly reduced life expectancy (from 17-20 years less before comorbidities are taken into account) and this gap has widened through this pandemic.
Statistics aside, people with learning disabiliti...
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