Covid-19: Who Is Vulnerable And How To Protect Them

Covid-19: Who Is Vulnerable And How To Protect Them

In the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic, it was a somber 2020 hanami season in Tokyo. And with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announcing a national state of emergency until—at least—May 31, we are left unsure how long this crisis will last. Embassies left and right seem to be signaling all of their scattered expats to either hurry home or be prepared to stay for the long term. That’s a big decision for anyone. This is a really, really confusing time for everyone.

With a continuous news cycle keeping us glued to our screens, we are all tenser than usual. The daily life of everybody has changed drastically, especially those of us who live with suppressed immune systems, or chronic illnesses. This pandemic leaves us more vulnerable to a virus that has already claimed over two hundred and sixty-five thousand lives at the time of this article being written. A common phrase being thrown around by those who are trying to comfort others goes something like:

“The coronavirus likely will not hurt you if you are a healthy, young individual.”

“Most healthy people are asymptomatic, and the ones who need to show concern are those who are immunocompromised.”

“Stop panicking. This will all be over soon and you look healthy so you’ll be alright.”

The message implied is that either our concern is disproportionate, or that we—anyone that doesn’t belong to this young & healthy group—are not worthy of public concern and action to protect.

Yes, we. This article is not being written by a doctor: I am a life-long sufferer of Juvenile Type 1 Diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease and physical disability. This detail isn’t crucial to this article, other than a lens through which to read it.

So today I want to share with you, reader, what you …continue reading