According to new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), six out of ten deaths with Covid were disabled people.
Between January 24th and November 20th 2020 in England the risk of death is 3.5 times higher for women with more disabilities and 2.0 times higher for women with fewer disabilities.
More disabled men are 3.1 times more likely to die with Covid, while less disabled men are 1.9 times more likely.
The ONS said, “We define ‘more disabled’ as those who reported their daily activities in the 2011 census as severely restricted by a long-standing health problem or disability and ‘less disabled’ as little restricted.”
Those diagnosed with learning disabilities are 3.7 times more likely to die from Covid than people without it, the data shows.
The ONS said that the reason disabled people are at greater risk is because they “are disproportionately exposed to a number of general adverse circumstances compared to non-disabled people”.
Our latest analysis shows a persistently higher #COVID19 mortality risk for disabled people in most groups from January 24 to November 20, 2020 https://t.co/G6P0M9mQjjpic.twitter.com/9Fa86CXibp
– Office for National Statistics (ONS) (@ONS) February 11, 2021
Richard Kramer, executive director of the National Disabled Sense Charity, said: “Disabled people are three times more likely to die of Covid-19 than non-disabled people. This is even more true for certain groups, for example people with learning difficulties.
“Yet disabled people and their needs have not been prioritized during this pandemic.”
He added, “From the lack of infrastructure that allows shields to access food and medicine during the initial lockdown, to the cuts in social welfare support for independent people and families who are at home with them worry, they have been largely forgotten. leave without adequate support, information and communication.
“It is not enough to examine the disproportionate impact of the virus on the lives of disabled people and how society has dealt with it.
“The government must act now, prioritizing its way out of lockdown with disabled people and the needs of their families, to show that it has learned from the mistakes of the past year.”
James Taylor, Executive Director of Strategy, Impact and Social Change at Disability Equality Charity Scope, told LondonLovesBusiness: “Behind these horrific and tragic numbers are individual stories of disabled people whose lives have been cruelly cut by the coronavirus.
“Disabled people are hardest hit by the pandemic and the government needs to act urgently. Scope calls for all disabled people who provide protection, regardless of age or condition, to be given priority for the vaccine.
“Many disabled people have been completely cut off from their relatives for almost a year due to shielding. People with disabilities experience months of agony and deterioration in health due to canceled health appointments. At the same time, vital safety supports such as food deliveries and social welfare have been taken away, leaving disabled people feeling angry and abandoned.
“The government must take action to prevent the pandemic from becoming more of a disaster for disabled people. A higher prioritization of the vaccine is essential, and we need an emergency package to protect the lives and livelihoods of people with disabilities. “