High Risk Coronavirus

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.

https://www.nhs.uk


15 May, 2020

6 thoughts on “High Risk Coronavirus

  1. Now that you mention it, I would think that my daughter would have to be extra careful too, considering she has cerebral palsy too.

    I was trying not to focus on it, but it’s made much worse for me, because I don’t have any idea of how she is doing. I would be more concerned about her, since I’m pretty sure that I have been exposed to the virus already, since my girlfriend may have already had it, or at least been exposed to it.

    The only way that I would possibly even know if anything ever happened to my daughter would be through my niece, but even then I have no guarantee.

    I hope and pray that she stays safe and that the people around her make sure to do the same.

    1. Thanks Randy. Yes, I am sure you would have heard if your daughter was unwell. No matter our life or disagreements, in times of uncertainty we do all seem to pull together. I hope your daughter is safe and well.

      Gosh, I hope not Randy, but I think you will have known if you’d had Covid. Its symptoms are obvious and you would have been hospitalised.

      I hope you continue to stay safe and well.

  2. This is a difficult subject to express, but you laid it out flawlessly and matter of fact. You helped a lot of people with this blog.

    I may not know everything but I know enough to be afraid of this virus.

    1. Thanks Tim. I am afraid too. Not easy when for 24/7 we’re in our homes, and we live with the stress because we’re not sure how the virus works, made worse because governments are either not handing out advice, or they’re too late.

      All countries must work together for the greater good. It shouldn’t be every man for himself, although it feels like that when the institutions we rely on to keep us safe are making our lives more stressful through their constant denial and internal bickering.

      I will never stop writing about the things that scare and matter to me too. Autism blows up a lot of my issues. It is only when I write that things becomes clearer and which is why my blog works.

      I am pleased today’s blog helped you. We must also remember to mask up and wear gloves if we have them, if we have to go out.

  3. We all have to be careful around this virus, but more so you and those like you, who are especially vulnerable. Your advice is more sensible than any I have heard from the UK government.

    We all need to be vigilant, change the way we live and hopefully we will come out of this with a more sustainable respect for the planet and for each other.

    1. Thank you. Yes, if we knew more about how the virus mutates I would have confidence going out. I feel anxious being out and having to dodge pavements just to walk.

      I agree with your second paragraph, and would go one step further to say , where you say we must come out with a more sustainable respect for the planet and for each other – without it, we and the world are nothing.

      We will have failed to learn our lessons without it.

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