Daily Observer (Jamaica)

Pro­tect the el­derly from COVID-19

- Society · Jamaica

Dear Editor,

Re­cently I came across a tweet from a Ja­maican doc­tor who pointed out that tears came to her eyes as she treated an el­derly man who was con­fused as to how he had con­tracted COVID-19 when he didn’t leave his home. Ob­vi­ously some­one who lives there or vis­ited passed it on to him, and that is very un­for­tu­nate.

COVID-19 is no re­specter of age. How­ever, the in­for­ma­tion out there sug­gests that the el­derly, as well as those with co­mor­bidi­ties, are at high risk.

The deaths in Ja­maica have in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly over the past few weeks, the ma­jor­ity of which have been in­di­vid­u­als in the older age groups.

The ex­ist­ing Gov­ern­ment of Ja­maica pro­to­col dic­tates that peo­ple 70 years and over should re­main at home. If they ad­here to this pro­to­col it means oth­ers out­side that cat­e­gory will need to as­sist them in a va­ri­ety of ways. This re­al­ity de­mands a high level of re­spon­si­bil­ity from the rest of us, and it is twofold: We must be vig­i­lant in pro­tect­ing our­selves out there, and we must also pro­tect them when­ever we come in con­tact.

This so-called ‘new nor­mal’ is tak­ing a toll on us. Wear­ing a mask is not easy. We some­times for­get to keep our three feet to six feet dis­tance from each other. We do not al­ways want to stay home. Some­times we miss our rel­a­tives. We long for the hugs. But close your eyes for a moment and imag­ine your loved one in that cas­ket and think about the pos­si­bil­ity that your ac­tions short­ened their days on earth. That sce­nario, I be­lieve, is more painful to live with than the dis­com­forts that have been caused by this pan­demic.

They say, “Once a man, twice a child.” Just as we pro­tect our chil­dren, we must also pro­tect our par­ents and grand­par­ents. If not for our­selves, do what is right for the ones we love. Stay safe.

Suzette Camp­bell suzette.pr­guru@gmail. com

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The late Al­lan Rickards

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