The Voices of the Resources Industry in South Australia


The risks vulnerable people face

Every year, we expect something new from the world. We see the end of the previous year as an opportunity to celebrate and make new plans for the fresh season ahead. For some, it could be an advancement in career, for others, it is moving to a new home. But for other people still, it is seeing great improvements in an health condition. However, while people all across the globe were eagerly closing the pages of 2019, it was unknown to them that the pneumonia-like infection that was spreading across Wuhan, China, would soon become a cause for changing priorities. In the long run, we would now have to stay put or confront a deadly virus.

The infamous surge of the coronavirus disease, also known as covid-19, has crippled every format the world operated by. It has sent huge economies reeling from its heavy blows and smaller ones gasping desperately for survival. Many countries are currently in recession from its effects. People now also have to live sequestered behind the safety of their doors. Although Australia has seen relatively low figures compared to other countries, the scars if the virus will no doubt exist on every know place long after it has left. Thanks to the efforts of frontline health workers, researchers, bureaucratic planners, including people from different social strata, the country is on the path to recovery again. But while this is happening, it cannot be ignored that some people have felt its wide impacts more than others; some can be easily spared of its worse effects, while others may have a different tale. In the latter category are old and disabled people.

Coronavirus is at its deadliest against weaker immune systems of people with underlying health conditions. As such, it means that people living with bodily impairments are at the most risk of dying from the virus. Compared to the healthy people, they are the ones who require the highest level of protection and care. They are our parents, grandparents, former schoolteachers, neighbours, friends, counsellors, just about anybody. As it is a duty of each person as a human being to ensure that others are ably assisted, these people must not be denied what they deserve. Optimum levels of care and attention need to be paid to them do that their difficulties do not impede access to the best quality of life.

Exposure to the coronavirus disease perhaps poses the greatest risk to their health. Statistically, they rank among people with the lowest chances of recovery. This is because their body, being less energetic as before, is at a prone position and is not so capable of handling health issues it could have dispatched easily. The aged and people living with disabilities are also more vulnerable because there is a lower chance that they will have access to the care that they used to get. This stems from the fact that hospitals have to check spread in their facility by keeping vulnerable people away from infectious diseases wards as much as possible. A noteworthy implication is shorter exercise routines to prevent exposure.

Healthcare providers are also under the stress of having new cases to handle everyday, hygienic precautions to take, new procedures to follow within an outside the hospital so that they themselves do not become transmission agents for the disease. It is therefore very important that while concerned personnel are busy trying to check the spread, careful attention is also given to those who may not be able to actively agitate for their rights too.