New Paper By UGA Students Reveal Discrimination In COVID-19 Treatment For People With Intellectual Disabilities

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Multiple reports suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified already existing disparities or inequities in health care systems across the country.

A new literature paper published in the “Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness” unveils that people with intellectual disabilities may face discrimination when seeking COVID-19 treatment due to unconscious biases in the health care system.

Curt Harris, the director of the Institute for Disaster Management in the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health, was a guest on Monday’s edition of “Closer Look.”

Harris talked with show host Rose Scott about his students’ contributions to  the “Discrimination and Bias in State Triage Protocols Towards Populations with Intellectual Disabilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

“It’s the students’ expertise that led to the creation of this paper, said Harris.

During the conversation, Harris discussed the importance and ways the health care systems can make sure COVID-19 treatment equitable for all groups of people and why he believes science will continue to be a major factor in combating the ongoing health crisis.

To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.