Disability rights during COVID-19: Emergency law and guidelines in England

Ivanka Antova

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Disabled people may be disproportionately impacted by the response to the COVID-19 outbreak because of the kinds of countermeasures needed to tackle it, and serious disruptions to the services on which they rely. There are reports from the disability community in England and elsewhere that measures taken to contain the spread of COVID-19 impact negatively on their human rights and experiences. This commentary focuses on the healthcare and social care systems in England and describes how laws and practices have changed under the COVID-19 pandemic, and how these changes affect the rights of disabled people.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMedical Law Review
Early online date06 Sep 2020
Publication statusEarly online date - 06 Sep 2020


  • disability rights, COVID-19, social care, healthcare, Coronavirus Act 2020, guidelines


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