New SLDO study looks at COVID-19 and mortality rates for people with learning disabilities in Scotland

The Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory, Scottish Government and National Records of Scotland are leading a new collaborative study into rates of COVID-19 infection and mortality rates for people with learning disabilities in Scotland.

At present, there is a major gap in the data available in Scotland on rates of infection, case fatality and excess mortality rates due to COVID-19 among this population. This information is urgently required to inform clinical decision-making and public health policy in Scotland and the UK.

People with intellectual disabilities experience significant health and social inequalities that increase their risk of infection with COVID-19 and serious complications due to infection. This population, including children and young people with intellectual disabilities, are at significantly greater risk of respiratory-related mortality than other people. The main presentation of COVID-19 is respiratory and therefore it is critical that its impact on this population who are at increased risk of death from respiratory causes is investigated.

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