Is Mandatory Mask Wearing Discrimination At Work? Disability Accommodations In The Time Of Covid | Forbes
The debate surrounding when and where to enforce mask wearing is gaining momentum, with much of the debate being dominated either by those that believe it is essential to public safety, and those that see it as a civil liberties issue, with government or business doing the enforcing. In all of this one voice is being drowned out that very much needs to be heard; that of the disabled community.
An idea is gaining traction among some economists and scholars to deal with the pandemic in America: Isolate and lockdown older Americans, possibly until there is a vaccine. Everyone else gets to go back to work and regain something resembling normalcy.
In the days after the first wave of anti-police brutality protests following George Floyd’s death, Justine “Justice” Shorter wanted to join fellow protesters on the streets. Due to her vision impairment, she didn’t feel safe enough to go alone. She said “with [so] much police aggression [at the protests], and not having any assistance or anybody who I can connect with [to] give me situational awareness about what was going on around me, cause you never know what kind of environment the police were going to foster with their behavior,” she couldn’t go.
People with lower household wealth (or socioeconomic status) have a higher risk of many diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and depression. They also have shorter lifespans. Some lifestyle factors may play a role. For example, people with lower incomes have higher rates of smoking. However, other factors—including chronic stress and reduced access to resources—also likely contribute.
The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare cracks in our health care system. Among the most acute is the physical and financial vulnerability of older Americans on fixed incomes.
Even before the pandemic one in five adults age 60 and older reported that they were struggling to pay for prescription drugs—and, of those who have at least one chronic condition, nearly one in four report they have stopped taking a prescription medication because of the cost. Not taking prescription medications can have life-threatening consequences for people who suffer from chronic health conditions like heart disease or diabetes.
Last in line: Minnesota disability services on life support with no safety net from the state | KSTP
Every day for nearly three months, Bob Clapper walked laps around his small, neighborhood park instead of going to work. The 33-year-old has Down syndrome and relies on a routine that includes his employment at Kowalski’s in Woodbury. Clapper spends a few hours every day at the grocery store wiping down carts and cleaning tables.
When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed in July of 1990, it brought a huge number of changes that would improve life significantly for millions of people.
Quadriplegic man’s death from covid-19 spotlights questions of disability, race and family | the Washington Post
A Texas hospital deemed further treatments for Michael Hickson to be futile — a decision his wife opposed but others signed off on. Michael Hickson, a 46-year-old father of five from Texas, was sick with covid-19 when doctors reached a crossroads in his treatment. He had pneumonia in both lungs, a urinary tract infection and sepsis — a dangerous immune response leading to multi-system organ failure.
More than half of Americans say they’re more stressed than they were before the Covid-19 pandemic | CNBC
Weeks of social distancing at home and concern about the pandemic bringing you down? You’re not alone. A group of researchers from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Harvard Medical School released results from a survey they conducted in the second half of May, and 55% of people said they were more stressed than in January, before the virus was perceived to be a widespread threat. The groups that most frequently reported that they were more stressed included Hispanic individuals and people over the age of 50.
According to the American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association, just 4 percent of psychologists in the U.S. are Black, and only 2 percent of psychiatrists are Black. NBC News’ Kate Snow reports on what’s being done to change that.
If you enjoy a daily cocktail or some wine with dinner, you’ll want to raise your glass to this: A new study found low to moderate drinking may improve cognitive function for White middle-aged or older adults. Low to moderate drinking was defined as less than eight drinks per week for women and less than 15 drinks per week for men.
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