Everyday, everywhere people of all ages stay under quarantine wondering when this pandemic will come to an end and when they can go back to their normal lives. For people my age, we just do our online classes and play video games. But for the elders, it’s more than that. For the elders, it’s about constantly stressing how healthy they are. About isolating themselves so they won’t get contaminated and won’t contaminate others. For this pandemic to end and stop being so deadly to elders, everyone needs to be cautious and fair for their friends and loved ones. I have two grandmas, and they both deal with stress and are scared they aren’t protected from COVID-19. But luckily in the world we live in, we have people that are willing to help more than anyone else, and they make this world a safer place. In this case, it’s an organization called Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

My first grandma lives in Queens by herself and she doesn’t have much to do. She is feeling stressed mainly for us, but also for herself. She copes with this stress by watching romance shows and watching mass. The CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/older-adults.html) gives her more ways to cope with her stress from being bored and worrying so much about her other family and the virus: ”Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to new stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.” My grandma calls my mom in tears daily after hearing the news and listening about how Nassau County is a hot spot for Covid-19. She prays for us and so many others constantly after hearing tragic stuff from the news, but that’s helping us when she should be helping herself more. Another way that this website gives ways to cope with stress by offering a helpline when in distress: “Visit the Disaster Distress Helpline, call 1-800-985-5990, text TalkWithUs to 66746.” If my grandma is more stressed than usual she has an extra source to reach out to beside all of her family. I think this is a great offer from the organization because it’s always good to know that people are there for you and willing to help you 24/7. 

My other grandma lives in Glen Cove, but she was working at a senior citizen home. She had to be extremely careful with distancing herself and making sure she washes her hands. We convinced her to stop working a few weeks into the pandemic because of the safety precautions we wanted her to take. The website that the organization made provides every symptom and when to seek medical attention: ”If you develop trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face you need to get medical attention immediately.”  Not only can it show symptoms of the virus but the website also displays other symptoms that need to have medical attention if people have it. This is great because most sources don’t tell you when you should seek medical attention. Another way this website would help my grandma is how it tells her what to disinfect her house with incase she is using the wrong cleaner to clean parts of her house:” To make a bleach solution mix; use 5 tablespoons bleach per gallon of water, or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water:” This portrays how to make the right cleaner to really remove the germs from your house. It’s important to use the right materials because if you don’t, not all germs would be gone.

We need to have more people that want to help others through tough times like these. Life is already hard by yourself and it’s important you have people to reach out to for help. During this pandemic, this organization means a lot to me because this virus can affect my loved ones and be deadly to them too. 

 

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