In a previous blog, I feared losing my job. As of this writing, the world is experiencing a recession. I always get fired during recessions.
Now, another fear adds on to my first one. I have high blood pressure. With high blood pressure, a person is more likely to catch COVID-19. Not only are symptoms more likely worse for them, people with high blood pressure are also more likely to die from COVID-19.
Underlying conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes partly explains why African-Americans are dying at a high rate from COVID-19. I live near Orlando. Here’s an April statistic about Orange County, Florida. Black people make up 22.7% of the population. Yet, accounted for 42% of Orange County’s Covid-19 deaths.
These grim realities force me to take COVID-19 seriously. When I go to a store, I wear a face mask. When I pick up takeout food, I wear a mask when I enter the building. When I take walks in a park, I keep my distance.
Okay, once, I did break my own distance rule. I was walking at a park. There, I saw a cute female friend. I was depressed. So, I hugged her. COVID-19 or not, I was getting my hug.
Now, back to the seriousness. I also take my meds. I have to keep my blood pressure below 130/80. Most times, this has been successful. Other times, it hasn’t.
One last thing, I don’t go out much. I rarely even take the walks I mentioned previously. After work, I would stop by a grocery store. Then, I would come home. If I’m not working, I’m usually home.
At the moment, Florida is going through a reopening phase. Certain businesses are opening up.
I don’t trust that, even if the businesses are trying to be safe. As of this writing, there is no vaccine for COVID-19. No vaccine? Well, my black ass is going to keep wearing my mask and keep staying home.
Image by Linda Bartlett