Coronavirus pandemic: #HighRiskcovid19 trends as immunocompromised people ask others to keep social distance
Immunocompromised people have a reduced ability to fight infections and they are taking to Twitter to explain why taking precautions is a matter of life and death
Instead of taking the coronavirus threat seriously, many young people are continuing to make travel plans apart from partying and having get-togethers. With many treating the lockdown as just another vacation, immunocompromised people have started an online movement of the now-famous trending hashtag #HighRiskCovid19. Immunocompromised people are those who have a weak immune system and a reduced ability to fight infections and other diseases.
With the lockdown being imposed in nearly most of the cities and countries around the world, people are starting to feel frustrated and restless about staying home and social distancing.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention informed that people who are older in age or have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes are at a higher risk of contracting coronavirus.
Yes, older people are heavily affected by coronavirus but that does not imply that young people won't get infected. There are young people who look healthy but have underlying diseases that can increase their chances of contracting coronavirus too. This is yet another reason why it is important for everyone to think twice before stepping out and why self-isolation plays such a crucial role in preventing the disease.
Many immunocompromised people have now taken to social media including Twitter to ask people to self-isolate in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. A person posted on Twitter, "My son was born prematurely, is immunocompromised, and on oxygen. We hope he'll be off of it soon, but to do so he needs to stay healthy. He is already quarantined because of the flu season. He is six months old. Please think of him before you break social distancing #HighRiskCovid19."
Another user tweeted, "Hi, I’m 20 and I have SLE/lupus nephritis. I take immunosuppressants to keep my body from attacking itself. I’m amongst those who have to 'self-isolate' to stay healthy for a majority of this year. so pls keep me/others in mind when u think u 'can’t stay in'#HighRiskCovid19."
"#HighRiskCovid19 At first glance, I seem like a young person who wouldn’t be effected by the outbreak. Not only do I have cancer, but during the summer I underwent a stem cell transplant, which makes my risk even higher. Health comes in all different shapes and sizes," another Twitter user said.
Social distancing or self-isolating is something that we have never faced and it is not easy not to get on with your lives, meet friends or go out for fun. We have never experienced not doing these things. But it is tough for people who are immunocompromised and this is why it is important to pay heed to the precautionary measures in place to prevent coronavirus from spreading. Stay home, stay safe.