Landes talks to Spectrum News about COVID-19, people with disabilities

Scott LandesScott Landes, assistant professor of sociology, says COVID-19 death rates are higher among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) compared to those without. He says it’s mainly individuals with pre-existing health conditions. "This population, in general, either because of swallowing problems or disorders, or choking disorders, or just more susceptibility to lung infections seems to develop pneumonia at a higher rate than those in the general population," he says. "That’s just really detrimental when you’re talking about something like COVID-19." Landes was interviewed for the Spectrum News segment "COVID-19 Death Rates Higher Among Those with Developmental Disabilities." 05/07/20