There are countless stories of empty grocery store shelves and panicked consumers purchasing years’ worth of toilet paper. As social distancing measures go into effect in communities across the country, some people are looking out for those considered high-risk for COVID-19. One such good Samaritan is Audrey Wood, who urged people who are looking for a way to help during the pandemic to think about their neighbors most at risk.
In an Instagram post, Wood, who blogs at Two Pink Peonies, shared a photo of her trunk full of food and household goods. She wrote, “Well, it may look like I’m prepared (we have been stocking up slowly) but this is all for my local low income senior apartment complex!” She explained, “Now is definitely the time to think of our older folks and people with disabilities. Some are afraid to go to the stores right now and some are met with empty shelves.”
In addition to elderly individuals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning that people with an underlying health condition such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease, may be at an increased risk of getting very sick from the virus. People with conditions like these, as well as people who are immunocompromised or have asthma, are urged to stock up on necessities and plan to self-isolate as much as possible for up to two months. Expectant mothers may also be at an increased risk of becoming sick due to changes that occur during pregnancy.
Wood notes that these same people who are most at risk are often least able to purchase large quantities of supplies, especially when trying to track down essentials in stores wiped out by the panic. Wood writes, “If you think you’re anxious or worried, please think about how they might feel right now. I wanted to do something. I hope it helps and if you feel compelled this is a great thing to do locally.”
If you know elderly or medically at-risk neighbors, expectant mothers, or families who may be unable to stock up, reach out. The CDC has issued guidelines for safely assisting people while still using social distancing. Being physically isolated does not mean our communities are not still connected.
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