#HighRiskCovid19 - I am a 30 year old living with lupus. I take medication to suppress my immune system. To your immune system the coronavirus may be NBD, but to mine... it’s a very big deal.
Every day life is like going 65 down the interstate without a seatbelt. Life during this pandemic is like going 65 the wrong way down the interstate without a seatbelt. Living during this pandemic terrifies me.
I’m trying my hardest not to let anger fester at the people saying life shouldn’t have to stop because of those who are more susceptible to COVID-19. Whether it your parents, grandparents, child, or a chronically ill neighbor, friend, or family member, you know someone with a compromised immune system. How would you feel if someone knowingly put their life at risk?
Social distancing is a civic responsibility. We’re not asking you to go to war to protect your country. We’re asking you to stay home and ready a book, binge Netflix, cuddle with your pets, bake some cookies... to protect your country.
As someone who would likely be able to survive COVID-19 without medical intervention - please consider those around you. In a society that lives in such close quarters to each other, your choices can impact the health (and in this case the literal life) of those around you. If you’re luckily enough to have a healthy immune system pray and take precautions for those who don’t.
Want to take it a step further? If you can weather a trip to the store or pharmacy, check on those who can’t. The elderly, youth, and the immunocompromised are the ones in most desperate need of supplies and their medications without coming into contact with potential contaminants.
Check on your neighbors and take the precautions being advertised by the CDC & WHO.
Wash your hands.
Cover your mouth.
Practice social distancing.
Avoid going out unnecessarily.
And be kind to one another.
If you’re sick, get tested.
If you’re sick, try to isolate yourself.