As Australia eases coronavirus restrictions, an Australian woman is pleading with people to use their head and be mindful of those who are more vulnerable than others.
Lauren Rowe just turned 30-years-old, which is remarkable since her mother did not think she would live to start kindergarten.
Living with Cystic Fibrosis, Ms Rowe is aware that if she gets COVID-19, she could die, which is why her message of the importance of social distancing is crucial.
“It isn’t just this fantasy of COVID-19 running around and these vulnerable people aren’t necessarily just the elderly. They are your neighbours, they’re the people you walk by in the street,” Ms Rowe told The Daily Edition.
She urges people with flu-like symptoms to keep their distance and get tested for the coronavirus, and maintain good hand hygiene.
Back in early April, Ms Rowe made an Instagram post, imploring people to remember their actions matter.
“I will most certainly die if I contract COVID-19, like so many others in our community,” Ms Rowe wrote.
“Everyone in our community is relying on you to do your part and stay home this easter long weekend. Even if you feel fine you can still pass on COVID-19 which might end up being caught by someone like me.”
She explained people have the power to “stop or continue” the threat of passing on COVID-19 to the vulnerable, while holding a sign saying, “please don’t murder me”.
“So with this in mind I ask you to remember your humanity, your kindness, love and strength as our way of life is temporarily challenged ... and remember you’re not alone.”
Ms Rowe spoke to The Daily Edition about how she is “definitely dead” if she contracts the virus.
“I do make a joke and say, ‘please don’t murder me’ – but it’s actually true,” she said appearing via video call.
“People out there have the power to kill me. So please don’t.”
Ms Rowe is an advocate for those living with a chronic illness, and she aims to empower those who are living with a condition like herself.
“Even though we are part of the vulnerable community, it doesn’t mean we are vulnerable people,” she told The Daily Edition.
She explains she wants to empower people who live with an invisible illness they can be independent, there is support out there and they are not alone.
Ms Rowe is also the founder of the charity, Gifted Life, which not only strives to raise awareness for organ donation but also support transplant recipients, after Ms Rowe received a lung transplant.
Even as Australia eases restrictions, social distancing is part of the ‘new normal’, as is good hygiene, politicians and top doctors have stressed.
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