Our focus this year will be on Covid-19 prevention for people who’ve had a spinal cord injury, with the motto “Covid-19 and SCI: Staying healthy.” The Covid-19 pandemic has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone, disabled or not. People with spinal cord injuries are more vulnerable than others, and they have to worry about serious complications and a poor prognosis. The physical, psychological, and social demands of folks in wheelchairs cannot be exaggerated when confronted with protective measures and a lockdown. Faced with this unique difficulty, a growing understanding of the importance of social media in combating loneliness and disseminating appropriate information has emerged, engaging health care professionals, communities, and, most crucially, consumers themselves.
The way we handle the Covid-19 outbreak and its consequences will undoubtedly guide the path for people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities in the future.