My COVID Concerns as the Mom of an Adult Daughter With Down Syndrome

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The coronavirus has impacted each of us in different ways. A challenge to one person does not impact another person in the same way. Likewise, we all cope differently. That does not mean my way is better than yours. We are all different.

I have an adult child with Down syndrome. That makes our world and our choices during this crisis and moving forward different from the choices of some other families. Some of the anxiety and challenges we face are quite different than Rachel’s friends’ families.

It is our understanding that people with Down syndrome are at an increased risk to contract the coronavirus. Perhaps more concerning than that is the fact that many people with Down syndrome are more likely to develop things like pneumonia and are more likely to have complications. Of course, this also means they are more likely to die from COVID-19. That is the stark reality and not a scare tactic on my part. It is just the way it is.

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