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Aug 6, 2020 10:17AM
Viewfinder, first, your age puts you at high risk in addition to any medical issues you might have like hypertension or lung/heart disease. Breast cancer, except for those going through chemo or awaiting surgery, etc, doesn't put you at high risk.
I am 66 and I shop for groceries during the "old people and at risk persons" times which is usually 7-8 AM depending on the store and on certain days. I usually find more people stocking shelves at that time of day, than a lot of other customers. Still, one day, there must have been 6 people in an aisle stocking freezer compartments and I skipped that aisle.
In my area of PA the rates have pretty much slowed the rate of new infections with few due to community spread.
You should first find out all you can about your area, the amount of community spread, the number of available ICU beds (not that you might need one, but that is an indication of how things are in you community), and take things gradually. Wear a mask when you go out! I use disposable gloves too, when I shop even though they say you don't have to. Regardless, have a hand covering, glove or tissue, to open doors, push elevator buttons etc. I also take a sandwich bag with 2-3 chlorox wipes to wipe down shopping cart with. If you don't have them a moistened paper towel with dish soap should be fine. The virus doesn't live on surfaces easily.
When I come home I wipe off refrigerated containers but anything in cans and paper goods or other non food items I just let set in the bags for a few days and then I put the items away.
Staying inside is not harmless. I know I gained 10 pounds being home and I was already obese. I did eat junk food the first week or so, comfort food I know I shouldn't have eaten, but largely the weight gain is due to inactivity. My job kept me on my feet and walking pretty close to 10,000 steps a day, so it was a drastic change when my job closed and we were all working on line. I try to maintain a healthy diet now and I am starting to see the pounds come off, albeit very slowly. That is another reason I started to get out of the house! I try to walk on days that aren't too hot or humid, and I walk down extra aisles of the stores when there aren't any people around. I do a lot of grocery shopping at a warehouse store so it is huge with good ventilation.
Use common sense, maybe just walk around the neighborhood. Wear a mask and stay 6 feet away from others and you should be fine. Getting out will be good for your health, both mental and physical as long as you do it safely.
Also, for anyone who drives, don't forget to run your cars periodically or you will go to use it and find a dead battery. Happened to my husband's car and a neighbor's car. Actually, if you drive, that might be another safe way to get out and lift your spirits! Take a drive around a park or other low traffic, scenic route.
Of course doctors will say to stay inside. It is the best way to protect yourself, but in reality, not the best for your health if long term. I don't see this virus going anyway or being totally under control any time soon!
Best of luck to you! Great topic to start!
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