Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people living with disabilities: A review

  • Ethel N Malambo Department of Public Health, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Lusaka
Keywords: Covid-19, disability, SARS-CoV-2


Introduction: The global COVID-19 pandemic had a profound impact on people worldwide, with some countries experiencing more severe consequences than others. Vulnerable populations, such as individuals living with disabilities, faced pre-existing disparities and inequities, making it crucial to examine the specific effects of the pandemic on this group. This review aims to analyze articles discussing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on people living with various disabilities. Methods: A comprehensive search for articles was conducted on Google Scholar using keywords such as "COVID-19 and disability," "COVID-19 and ADHD," "COVID-19 and blindness," and "COVID-19 and developmental disabilities." A total of thirteen (13) relevant articles were carefully selected and reviewed. Results: People living with disabilities were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The effects faced by individuals with disabilities varied, depending on the specific type of disability they had. This underscores the importance of recognizing and addressing the unique challenges faced by each disability group during the pandemic. Conclusion: The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the difficulties faced by individuals living with disabilities. It is crucial for governing bodies, policymakers, and decision-makers to consider the needs and experiences of people with disabilities, taking into account the added challenges they encountered during the pandemic. By incorporating disability-inclusive policies and initiatives, we can work towards a more equitable and supportive society for all, especially during times of crisis.