Fiona Lowenstein She is a writer and teacher of yoga, have 26 years and never suffered a respiratory illness. Stick to a routine exercises six days a week Y don’t smoketo. “I thought that my role in the current health crisis would be as an ally of the elderly and committed people. So I was hospitalized for the COVID-19“He wrote in a personal column dedicated to millennials who believe they will not be affected by the pandemic of the new coronavirus.
Counted in The New York Times that on Friday the 13th, “a few hours after deciding that I would begin to maintain the social distanceHe had a fever and a headache. “I tried not to boast the worst, but just in case my partner and I decided to sleep in separate rooms. The next morning I had a cough. “
But on Sunday the 15th he felt better and stopped having a fever. Even if the coronavirus had spread, it could still cycle through the disease at home, he thought. “I had heard that people like me didn’t have much to worry aboutHe said, referring to his youth.
The fever returned that same night: woke up early in the morning with tremors, vomiting and shortness of breath. “On Monday I could barely speak more than a few words without feeling like I was made breathing difficult. I couldn’t walk to the bathroom without panting like I had run a mile, ”he wrote. At night, when he tried to eat, he found that swallowing worsened his sensation. “Any task that caused me anxiety, even resetting the MyChart password to communicate with the doctor, left me desperate to get oxygen“
For many reasons I didn’t want to go to the hospital. First of all, I knew that people with symptoms of COVID-19 had to stay at home and he understood that it was best to prevent the virus from spreading, if he was a carrier. He also knew that the resources of the hospitals, and the doctors and nurses, were scarce, and he thought that other populations had priority. “Part of me believed that he would be fine, because he was young and otherwise healthy. ”he counted. And if you didn’t have the SARS-CoV-2, it was better not to expose yourself to contracting it in a health center.
“Even though I was surprised by the development of my symptoms and, finally, my hospitalizationThat did not happen to doctors and nurses. After I was admitted, they told me that in the next room there was a man from 30 years old, also healthy, who had suffered serious breathing problems, “he wrote. Hospital staff told him that every day they received more young patients.
Lowenstein dedicated the following paragraphs of his text to his generation, the Millennials. For being the largest in the United States, he recalled, they can have a enormous influence on the course of the pandemic. As it is believed that many will not develop symptoms, but will be able to infect others more vulnerable, “our social distancing it’s crucial ”to decrease spread and allow hospitals not to become saturated.
“Regrettably, much of our generation – and some of those younger than us – do not take this public health crisis seriously enough. We continue to meet in groups, make international trips and see the quarantine as an extension of the spring holidays, “he described. “Somehow the message to stay home has not yet penetrated in our generational mentality and our capacity. “
Those who cannot stay at home to help the most vulnerable populations could try do it to protect themselves, he proposed. “Our invulnerability to this disease is a myth, and I have experienced it first hand. The countries of Europe Y Asia they report that they have younger and younger patients. The New York Times published this week that almost the 40% of patients hospitalized for COVID in the United States are under the age of 54. The bottom line is that when doctors have been forced to make decisions about who lives and who dies, in other countries, our generation has often been chosen for treatment. So we don’t just risk our own health: our presence in hospitals reduces the care that other groups can receive“
Many millennials they don’t have health insuranceBecause they cannot afford it given the high costs, and their precarious jobs do not provide them. Also for economic reasons live in shared apartments or still with their parents. All of these factors, Lowenstein added, exacerbate the danger of infecting others.
“Millennials are said to care deeply about the welfare and social justice“He concluded. “I wish we individuals weren’t facing such a heavy responsibility, but given our government’s lack of adequate early action, we have no choice. Now is the time to set the example. There is much of our society that we inherit without being able to control. Let’s try to leave a mark where we can ”.