NEC Fellow Leyla Safta-Zecheria discusses the risks of COVID-19 for the health of vulnerable people

20 March 2020

NEC Fellow Leyla Safta-Zecheria has recently published the academic article titled Challenges posed by COVID-19 to the health of people with disabilities living in residential care facilities in Romania.

She argues that residential care institutions for people with disabilities are at risk of becoming sites for community contagion with COVID-19: “These institutions are often located in remote and economically peripheral areas of the country that have been characterized by high rates of outmigration. Now, these are becoming areas of intense return migration. Community contagion in adjacent locations can easily spill over to residential institutions through care and health workers’ trajectories.” (excerpt from paper abstract)

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