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Children With Developmental Disabilities Adjust To New Normal In Pandemic

“Being holed up at home with kids, partner, or other family members can be tough. But some people now have the added challenge of staying home with children who have intense developmental disabilities — children who are normally in day programs or live in group homes.”
WBUR News

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Drinking Alcohol May Heighten Risk of Getting Coronavirus, WHO Suggests

“As the coronavirus pandemic leaves millions stuck at home, alcohol sales have risen drastically nationwide, with spirits and premixed cocktails in high demand. The World Health Organization, however, says alcohol may put people at increased risk for the coronavirus, weakening the body’s immune system and leaving drinkers at risk for other risky behaviors that could increase the likelihood of contracting coronavirus.”
Panama City News Herald

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FASD Success Show: Knowledge Bombs from a MOM!

FASDinNC is fortunate to be part of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS). The beauty of this affiliation is that it allows us to gain insight from the amazing families and leaders navigating FASD. Please take a few minutes to listen to this interview with Susan Elsworth, Executive Director of INOFAS, as she shares a mom’s perspective with Jeff Noble on the FASD Success Show. INOFAS is a subsidiary of Mental Health America of Indiana and affiliate of NOFAS.

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WHO: Alcohol Does Not Protect Against COVID-19; Access Should Be Restricted During Lockdown

The World Health Organization says, “At times of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, alcohol consumption can exacerbate health vulnerability, risk-taking behaviors, mental health issues and violence. WHO/Europe reminds people that drinking alcohol does not protect them from COVID-19, and encourages governments to enforce measures which limit alcohol consumption.”

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Getting Pregnant (or not) During the Time of Coronavirus

During this time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, people have questions about whether or not they should get pregnant. Presently, there’s limited evidence available regarding mother-to- fetus transmission, transmission during delivery, and transmission during breastfeeding. We are learning more daily about if and how mothers with COVID-19 pass the virus to their children in the womb and/ or through breastmilk. It is currently thought that it is very unlikely that COVID-19 causes birth defects. There is some evidence that pregnant women are more likely to get the coronavirus. Visit showyourlovetoday.com to learn more and to know what questions you can ask your healthcare provider as it relates to planning your pregnancy.

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CDC Guidance on COVID-19 and People with Disabilities

“Some people with disabilities might be at a higher risk of infection or severe illness because of their underlying medical conditions. Adults with disabilities are three times more likely than adults without disabilities to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer than adults without disabilities."

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