The coronavirus lockdowns and quarantines are a pain in the butt to deal with, but we have to remember one important thing. There are some folks that just are not wired to deal with changes like this.
Or the sudden isolation either. We have to remember at all times during this that we have people who this is far beyond a higher degree of difficulty than just not being allowed to go outside.
Which is why we need to check in on people as much as humanly possible. It is why we need to call folks more or just have one of these video chats that everyone is seeming to have.
We have folks whose brains just can’t take all of this.
A beautiful young teenager has died after she was so afraid of locking herself up to protect herself from COVID-19.
Because this young girl did not want to live in a world where she had to lock herself in her home to avoid the deadly virus, she did something to put an end to it all. Although most death reports from COVID-19 involve people who are over the age of sixty, the sudden death of this nineteen-year-old girl proves that the novel coronavirus affects young people just like it does elderly Americans and baby boomers – just not in the exact same way.
Because Emily was so distraught over the reality that she would need to live all cooped up at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, she tried to take her own life. She was kept in critical care ever since and was only being kept alive through life support.
Emily’s family decided to take her off life support so the hospital could harvest her organs for a donation. Emily, at the young age of twelve, had made it very clear that if she ever died, she wanted her organs to be donated to people in need. Her family took her off life support in time to make this wish come true.
In an online tribute, Emily’s sister, twenty-one-year-old Annabel Owen wrote:
“Emily was very concerned about coronavirus itself but more concerned about the mental health impact of isolation and the fear of the unknown. To many people, Emily was a really fun, energetic, happy girl, but only a few were aware of the many years of internal battles she had. Few people are aware, but four years ago, she was diagnosed with high-functioning autism and had a daily battle to fit in and conform to social norms. She didn’t want anyone to know, but now (that) she has gone, we want to make people know that autism comes in all shapes and sizes.”