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Disabled And Alone: How Can You Live Through The Pandemic?

July 1, 2020 • disabi26

Disabled folks are some of the most remarkable individuals in my book. That is especially true if they can do their daily tasks without needing a nurse or helper.

Imagine, it is already challenging for non-disabled people to cook, drive, and clean after themselves regularly and be expected to have a full-time job. To do the latter, they typically order food or pay no mind to how dirty their place can get. But many individuals who have lost a limb or different senses can do all that and more on their own.

The thing is, that has been the case before the pandemic. Life is much different now, considering we all need to self-isolate, and immunocompromised folks are not supposed to leave their homes. Though a person with a disability may not have an existing condition, it will be challenging to move everywhere without bumping or talking to strangers. Thus, it brings us down to the question: “How can a PWD live through the pandemic without going out?”



Take Advantage Of Online Marketplaces

The first thing you must do is sign up at virtual marketplaces where you can buy groceries, clothes, medicine, and other essentials. Amazon is not the only website for that; Target, Walmart, and other stores have sites, too.

The significance of taking advantage of online marketplaces is that you won’t ever have to go out to get whatever you need. Once you find them on the website, you can add the items to your virtual cart and hit the Checkout button. Then, after paying for your orders in advance, you can expect delivery within several days.



Call A Friend

Assuming you are not the type of person to call or video chat with your friends, you may have no choice but to do that during the pandemic. After all, the crisis has forced all of us to keep a distance from each other. Social gatherings are strongly discouraged; you cannot even give anyone a high five.

By calling your friends often, it will do amazing things to your mental well-being. You can talk about life before and during the quarantine, for instance, and make plans about what you will do afterward. You may also lift each other’s spirits, especially when you or a friend goes into the depressed mode.



Find New Hobbies

Considering you are all alone at home, and none of your friends are available for a day of chatting, you can let the time pass by finding new hobbies. Sewing, knitting, cooking, indoor gardening—the sky is the limit. Any activity will do as long as it will not require you to leave the house.

I get it if being a hobbyist may not have been in your plans in the past. You may have a career to build; you cannot waste your time looking for hobbies that you will enjoy forever. However, doing so can reduce your loneliness and make you feel like you have had a productive day even when you have not left your place in weeks.



Final Thoughts

Getting used to the “new normal” that everyone is talking about may take time. It will undoubtedly not happen overnight; there may be times when you want to question what the government is even doing to end the pandemic. Still, what else can we do?

If you are disabled and profoundly affected by this pandemic, you should follow the tips above and stay at home. You may feel bored or worried about your career and relationships, but those cannot be on top of your priorities. Instead, you need to focus on avoiding the coronavirus, considering the cure or vaccine for it remains as a product of someone’s imagination.

Categories: Disability Rights

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