This page is designed to help you find basic information and updates on COVID-19. For the most current and up to date information, please check the Centers for Disease Control website, CDC.gov. The majority of the information below is directly from the CDC’s webpage with information for people with disabilities. To view the information directly at CDC.gov, follow the links in the text.
Coronavirus disease is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly among people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is also possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. There is no specific treatment for COVID-19, but you should seek medical care to help relieve your symptoms. If you are sick and not sure whether you should seek medical attention, you can use the CDC’s Coronavirus Self-Checker tool.
Prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick
Know Your Risk For Severe Illness
Everyone is at risk of getting COVID-19. Older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more severe illness.
Most people with disabilities are not inherently at higher risk for becoming infected with or having severe illness from COVID-19. However, some people with disabilities might be at a higher risk of infection or severe illness because of underlying medical conditions. All people seem to be at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 if they have serious underlying chronic medical conditions like chronic lung disease, a serious heart condition, or a weakened immune system. Adults with disabilities are three times more likely than adults without disabilities to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer than adults without disabilities (CDC.gov).
Disability groups and risk
If you have one of the disability types listed below, you might be at increased risk of becoming infected. You should discuss your risk of illness with your healthcare provider.
For more information, refer to CDC’s information on COVID-19 and people with disabilities .
If you or someone you care for are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, take steps to prevent getting sick. In addition to practicing everyday preventive actions, people with disabilities who have direct support providers can help protect themselves from respiratory illness in the following ways:
Learn more about proper handwashing.
There are some additional things people with disabilities can do to prepare during the COVID-19 outbreak:
Plan what you will do if you or your direct support provider gets sick. Create a contact list of family, friends, neighbors and local service agencies that can provide support in case you or your direct support provider becomes ill or unavailable.
Plan at least two ways of communicating from home and work that can be used rapidly in an emergency (e.g., landline phone, cell phone, text-messaging, email). Write down this information and keep it with you.
Have enough household items and groceries so that you will be comfortable staying home for a few weeks and at least a 30-day supply of over the counter and prescription medicines and any medical equipment or supplies that you might need. Some health plans allow for a 90-day refill on prescription medications. Consider discussing this option with your healthcare provider. Make a photocopy of prescriptions, as this may help in obtaining medications in an emergency situation.
Wearing a Mask
Masks are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with every day preventative actions and practicing social distancing in public settings (CDC.gov). CDC recommends that people wear masks in public and when around people who don’t live in your household. Masks should NOT be worn by children under age 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove their mask without assistance. Do NOT use masks meant for healthcare workers. Surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that must be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
Alternate forms of COVID-19 Information
Additional COVID-19 Resources
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CDC. (2020, June 1). What You Should Know About COVID-19. Retrieved September 30, 2020,
CDC. (2020). People with Disabilities. Retrieved September 30, 2020, from