As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, we would like to remind you to please be aware of others who may need assistance. This pandemic will hit the elderly and the most vulnerable in our society the hardest and, whilst these groups are most at risk from the virus, they are also at risk of social isolation.
According to Age UK, more than 2 million people in England over the age of 75 live alone, and more than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.
Those who live alone can, therefore, feel even more isolated than usual during these times. In the upcoming weeks, it is likely that those over 70 will be asked to self-isolate and, whilst we must all take actions to reduce the spread of coronavirus, we would like to remind you to please be aware of others during this time.
Emails, letters, Skype calls and WhatsApp messages are easy ways to reach out to or check in with family and friends – without the face-to-face contact that risks spreading the disease to the older person. If you are fit and able to help others, please consider helping those in your building or neighbourhood who may not be able to, or are too afraid to go out.
One way you could help is by printing, filling in and sharing an ‘I Can Help’ slip, offering to pick up shopping for someone in need:
Yesterday, Sainsbury’s released a statement to all of its customers asking them to ‘think before you buy and only buy what you and your family need’ and to ‘please help elderly and vulnerable friends, family and neighbours with their shopping if you can.’ Along with others, Sainsbury’s touches upon an important message – we must continue to remain calm and compassionate and do our best to help others.
If you are concerned about your own health, or the health of someone else, please see below for some helpful links on what to do if you are worried – as well as some steps we can all take to reduce the spread of coronavirus: