Despite higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), there has been limited reporting of COVID-19 trends for this population. The figure below presents data on COVID-19 case fatality rates (the percentage of positive COVID-19 cases resulting in death) from TriNetX COVID-19 Research Network data. People with IDD have higher COVID-19 case fatality rates, especially at younger ages. For those under the age of 18, the current case fatality rate is 1.6% among those with IDD vs. <.01% among those without IDD. For ages 18-74, the case fatality rate is 4.5% among those with IDD vs. 2.7% among those without IDD. Rates are more comparable among those at older ages (75 and older): 21.1% among those with IDD vs. 20.7% among those without IDD. Although COVID-19 is a concern for all people, it appears to present a greater risk to people with IDD, especially at younger ages.
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Scott Landes (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Associate Professor of Sociology, a Faculty Associate in the Aging Studies Institute, and a Lerner Research Affiliate in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.