As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, people in the U.S. and other affected countries are being bombarded with reminders to practice effective hand-washing techniques, cover their mouths when they cough, and, as much as possible, engage in social distancing. There were still a lot of people who went out to bars over the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, and tonight there might be more.
Please tell me I’m not over reacting.
We were invited to my sister-in-law’s for St Patrick Day’s dinner.
She and her husband just got back from a week in Atlantic City and their friends from Italy are staying with them.
We just called and canceled.
— Sophie Resists, Nasty Woman💕👪🌎 (@Sophieresists) March 15, 2020
People below the age of 70 with healthy immune systems might not have to worry about dying from COVID-19, but there are a lot of individuals who don’t fit that description. The more the virus is able to spread, the more risk there is for people with underlying health conditions who could die from the illness. These people watch the news with more than just existential unease, and they are begging people to practice social distancing.
Standing alongside them are the exhausted healthcare workers who are struggling to make it through never-ending shifts as hospitals fill up with coronavirus patients. The sooner we can get this under control, the sooner they might be able to take some well-deserved time off to be with their families. They and high-risk individuals are using the hashtag #HighRiskCovid19 to spread the word.
In spite of the warnings, some people are still insisting on going out, even sometimes bragging about doing so as though they don’t understand that just because they won’t die from COVID-19, it doesn’t mean they can’t spread it to people who might.
So here is a list of the people you should be practicing social distancing for, if you still need to be guilted into it.
I have Grave's disease, fibro, cfs, and asthma. Just because YOU are healthy does not mean the rest of us are. Think about more than yourself. I am a single mom. I'd like to see my son graduate college. #HighRiskCovid19 pic.twitter.com/nQyjuyMZI3
— Courtney Lynn 🐧😷 (@CourtneyLyn4128) March 15, 2020
I have Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which restricts my breathing. I have scarring in my lungs from frequent bouts of pneumonia. I also have heart arrhythmia when I have fevers. I am #HighRiskCovid19. Think abt me when you break #SocialDistancing. pic.twitter.com/3N05zPE4Ke
— Mia Roll Yourself to the Polls (@SeeMiaRoll) March 15, 2020
I’m a Dr.
I’m about to separate from my family within my home for ?? months.
So that I can keeping treating you, whilst trying to keep my family safe.
No hugs from my girls, no cuddles from my partner.
PLS socially distance NOW, to make my sacrifice worth it.
— Seema (@seemathewombat) March 16, 2020
#HighRiskCovid19 – keep in mind when you are just "going about your life as normal" and hoarding supplies that you may be signing my death warrant 💜
My life is worth living! pic.twitter.com/hEfAZG7lYr
— Michael (He/Him) 😝🤘😴 (@NeuroCoolWheels) March 16, 2020
I’m 46 and have been on immunosuppressants for 15 years. These meds keep my body from fighting itself and enable me to function. If you were to meet me, you’d never know. I look 100% healthy. Don’t take me away from my girls. My life matters. Our lives matter. #HighRiskCovid19 pic.twitter.com/ibQRFUz09B
— Gina Lee (@Gina_VFL) March 15, 2020
My name is Imani Barbarin, I have cerebral palsy, diabetes and sleep apnea. All of these things affect my breathing in their own way.
— Crutches&Spice ♿️ : Rude For A Disabled Person (@Imani_Barbarin) March 15, 2020
— Susan (@Sclarke158) March 15, 2020
I am immune suppressed. I have 2 autoimmune diseases. My lungs were damaged when I had thyroid surgery 5 years ago. I have three kids that live at home. Please flatten the curve. pic.twitter.com/zJ3VKAtM3X
— VenZenix (@VenZenix) March 15, 2020
I'm Baby Kikwé, I was a high risk pregnancy, my mom had Gynaecological Cancers while pregnant with me. I'm waiting to have surgery til I'm a lil older. I'm immune compromised. My life & future matter. I'm a fighter, but I deserve to be safe. Take this seriously! #HighRiskCovid19 pic.twitter.com/7kNRaUOruM
— Devilish Grin (@1devilishgrin) March 15, 2020
This is my 14 yo daughter. She had a heart transplant at 7 mos. She takes meds for life to suppress her immune system so she doesn’t reject her heart. She wants to be an artist when she grows up. She is the reason for social distancing…so she gets to grow up. #HighRiskCovid19 pic.twitter.com/SFp57cKSUo
— Joanna (@jojomo26) March 15, 2020
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 flu season. He is six months old. Please think of him before you break social distancing #HighRiskCovid19 pic.twitter.com/Rk2fC94tFN
— Maddy (@cymaticbirds) March 15, 2020
Hi y’all! I‘m Kati. I have #EhlersDanlos w/ MCAS, celiac, congenital heart disease, (med resistant) gastroparesis, POTS, & more. I’m tube fed, IV hydrated via chest port, on corticosteroids, w/ 48% lung function.
— Kati (Noted Invalid) has voted ♿️ (@katimcf) March 15, 2020
Hey! I’m a 21 year old who is #HighRiskCovid19 due to chronic asthma w/ COPD, CRMS and bronchomalacia (structurally weak bronchi) that I’ve dealt with for the last 10 years of my life. By helping to stop the spread of covid-19, you give me, and thousands like me a brighter future pic.twitter.com/GRpX7BFN81
— Tommy Valentine Cooleen ✊🏾✊🏻 (@TmanVGC) March 16, 2020
I'm 20 years old and have been on immunosuppressants for ten years for an autoimmune disorder. I also have a neurological condition and non-traumatic spinal cord injury. I would love to make it to age 21#HighRiskCovid19 #StayTheFHome pic.twitter.com/gag7E5KvOP
— Madison Russell #bIm (@madison_isqueer) March 15, 2020
If you’re one of the lucky ‘80% who’ll probably be just fine…’ this isn’t about you. This is about the greater good.
This is my son who is immunocompromised, & I’m asking you to do your part in social distancing for him and for so many others who need us to. #HighRiskCovid19 pic.twitter.com/oaZGLMZdqJ
— Christi Caldwell (@ChristiCaldwell) March 15, 2020
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 pic.twitter.com/L6sUts5K9k
— B R I T T A N I A (@Brittaniaaa_) March 16, 2020
I have stage 4 cancer which has lead to me being immunocompromised. There are so many people out there like me who are also comprised, and despite what anyone says we are important. Our lives matter.#HighRiskCovid19 pic.twitter.com/AUTSVJy31I
— Brooke (@brookesama) March 15, 2020
hi I’m katie, I’m 18 years old and I have cystic fibrosis and am #HighRiskCovid19. while you might survive this virus and be fine, I won’t. please protect yourself to protect people like me ♥️ pic.twitter.com/TY94CYe2HJ
— katie loves butcher 🦋 (@marvelstrek) March 15, 2020
Hi. I'm immunodeficient. I have no T or B cells. I have to receive them from a bottle through a needle in my chest every month. I have asthma. My mom is even worse than I am.
My life matters.
Her life matters.
Take this fucking seriously. pic.twitter.com/oGG5nf7okA
— mother of horses (they/them) (@VirasaysDRAGONS) March 15, 2020
— KrissySnow (@TheKrissySnow) March 15, 2020
i don’t tweet much but in 2015 i had a liver transplant. i’m on immunosuppressants and am extremely immunocompromised, making me #HighRiskCovid19, my life and the lives of others matters and is deserving of community protection. pls practice social distancing at this time! pic.twitter.com/tUjjX0XTVh
— Sarah (@sarahromy_) March 15, 2020
— Erika L Hunt (@ErikaLHunt1) March 15, 2020
— Leah Grace Roberts♿️🏳️🌈 (@lgroberts608) March 15, 2020
I’m immune compromised. I am an advanced stage leukemia patient awaiting a match for a bone marrow transplant. This makes me #HighRiskCovid19. My life& the lives of other disabled ppl matters & is deserving of community protection. Please practice social solidarity in this time. pic.twitter.com/PLXUyw7HEA
— Walela Nehanda (they/them) (@itswalela) March 15, 2020