Coming into the Coronavirus, I never saw myself as a high risk case, because I didn’t know I had a disability, but with cerebral palsy and a compromised immune system, it is clear that I am a high risk.
Now I must start to re-evaluate my life around Covid-19 and my disability to keep myself safe. Whilst I appreciate it’s not easy, because none of us know how the virus works, keeping an open mind and listening to experts would be a good place for governments to start.
For those like me at high risk, the following pointers may help:
- Stay at home and don’t leave your home to buy groceries, collect medicine or exercise;
- Any food you need have delivered and left outside your door and the same for any medicine you need;
- If you have family or friends who can help that’s great, if not register with GOV.UK if you need to;
- Wash your hands with soap and water regularly for at least 20 seconds;
- When you touch anything that someone else has touched remember to wash your hands;
- Anyone who comes into your home must also wash their hands for 20 seconds;
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available;
- Clean objects you touch such as door handles, doors, kettles and phones;
- Keep your house tidy;
- Keep a hospital bag including your list of medicines should you need to go into hospital.
I know my life is on hold, it’s on pause indefinitely, made more difficult because I live and manage a disability. With an already compromised immunity, it may be a year or so before I can realistically get back into my life.
I’m not sure what to think. I need to make myself comfortable with those thoughts.