This is a guest post by Mark Williams
As the coronavirus unfolds, we can do one thing to make a life-saving difference: be responsible to our at-risk loved ones.
- Identify the at-risk people in your life,
- Isolate them immediately
- Insist on the full cooperation of everyone.
IDENTIFY “AT-RISK” PEOPLE IN YOUR CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE
Here’s our personal example: Our direct circle of influence easily includes 30–40 people. This is the group of people to whom our decisions and perspectives make a tangible difference. We (Toni and I) thought of six people who were at a high risk of hospitalization if exposed. Two are in their late 80’s, two in their 30’s with compromised immune systems, and two are heavy smokers in their 50’s and 60’s. Only one (Bebe, she’s 89) lives in our home.
ISOLATE THE “AT-RISK” IMMEDIATELY
There’s so much we don’t know right now, with twists and turns happening by the hour. No one wants to overreact. There’s one thing, however, we do know: we need to ISOLATE anyone that is at high risk of hospitalization if infected. There’s no need to regurgitate widely published information (available here from the CDC), but you can take this to the bank: Isolation is 100% effective. You are in control of the medical outcome!
INSIST UPON THE FULL COOPERATION OF EVERYONE THAT MATTERS.
Here are some of the changes we’ve made at home:
- Home confinement for Bebe. She’s 89 – she knows to stay home until things are clear.
- Limited excursions for the household. Even though Toni and I are not technically “at-risk”, we also stay home if possible. When we do venture out, we practice safe hygiene.
- Strict limits on visitors. We presume all visitors, family, delivery people and repair people to be contagious. Visits are postponed until things get better. When that’s impractical, we practice distance and insist on extreme hygiene from all parties.
That’s about it. As for the at-risk loved ones that don’t live with us? Well, we do what we can – and we shared this post.
We hope you think about the “at-risk” in your circle, and make prayerful, informed decisions on their behalf. Remember this: isolation is 100% effective. You are in control of the outcome.
If you have helpful ideas, please add them to the comments. Also, share this if you agree.