Video: Behavioral Presentation of COVID-19

In this video, Kelly Fisher, RN from Milestone HCQU West, provides information on how COVID-19 symptoms may appear for individuals with autism or intellectual disabilities who may have difficulty communicating verbally how they feel.


Many people with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism are immuno- compromised and at a greater risk of severe health consequences if they become infected with COVID-19. Often illness can present itself behaviorally. This presentation provides information about how COVID-19 may “look” in individuals who have difficulty expressing themselves verbally.

Key Takeaways:

    • Always rule out medical first!
    • Pay attention to behavioral changes as they may indicate that a person is not feeling well.
    • Teach those you support, in concrete ways, to protect themselves.

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