Research about COVID-19 and people with Down syndrome

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Research about COVID-19 and people with Down syndrome

Key points about Down syndrome and COVID-19

  • Adults with Down syndrome (particularly those over the age of 40, and younger individuals with significant comorbidities) are at increased risk for more severe outcomes following infection with COVID-19. 1
  • Children with Down syndrome are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 than the general paediatric population. Efforts should be made to ensure comprehensive and early detection of COVID-19 in children, and to identify children with Down syndrome who have comorbidities placing them at risk. 2
  • Down syndrome is included in these high-risk conditions that increase a person’s risk of becoming severely ill and needing to go to the hospital if they are sick with COVID-19. 3
  • Particular care should be considered for both the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 in people with Down syndrome. 4
  • People with Down syndrome often have underlying medical conditions that can place them “at increased risk” or possibly at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. 4

Information on Down syndrome and COVID-19 from the Trisomy Research Society 

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Key research papers on Down syndrome and COVID-19

COVID-19 in Children with Down Syndrome: Data from the Trisomy 21 Research Society Survey

Individuals with Down syndrome hospitalized with COVID-19 have more severe disease

Medical vulnerability of individuals with Down syndrome to severe COVID-19