In case you’re interested in people who are not quite the age to be high risk, but are high risk because of underlying health issues, here’s what my future looks like.
First, I am double high risk, because I’m a kidney transplant patient and my immune system is suppressed and because I have diabetes. For high-risk people like me, getting covid-19 is most likely a death sentence, because of how it brutalizes the organs, including my one functioning kidney.
I’ve been informed by my specialist that I will have to remain quarantined until there is a vaccine that I can take. Many vaccines are what are called live virus, where they actually put in a small amount of the virus in you as part of the vaccine. I cannot have those types of vaccines. So we would have to wait for a non-live virus vaccine. That could be in a few months and it could be a year from now. There is no specific timeline for that.
So I will have to continue to socially distance, mask up, and not go where there are crowds. This also greatly limits my job opportunities, since I was laid off in March. Obviously the only jobs that I can do are remote. But at least it gives me guidance as what I need to focus on.
I hope this helps you understand the impact of this pandemic on folks like me…