Mom with medically fragile children: stop hoarding supplies
Cleaning products families depend on to care for their medically fragile children have disappeared from shelves after coronavirus outbreak
ATLANTA – Families with medically fragile children have been frustrated by the race for supplies for coronavirus. These are things they use every day to keep their children safe.
Items like Clorox wipes, bleach, distilled water – all of which have disappeared from store shelves in recent days – are items these families use every day to keep their children safe.
They just weren’t available because everyone was stocking them.
These families use bleach to clean medical equipment. They need adult diapers and wipes for older children and masks just for going out in public.
They have been completely unable to locate these items in stores in recent days.
Katie McKoy says she was very direct when she saw people with shopping carts full of hand sanitizer or Clorox wipes.
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“There are very fragile old people, people with blood disorders, children,” she said. “You are putting their lives in danger because of your hoarding behavior, please, I beg you, stop. ”
Two of McKoy’s children use ventilators at home and she hasn’t been able to find the distilled water needed to fill them since the coronavirus outbreak began.
“Not having hand sanitizer, no bleach, no wipes puts the lives of our children in danger from all the other viruses that are in the community and it is potentially fatal for them” , she said.
Parishioners at Crossroads Church were able to find two bottles of distilled water for her children.
“It means my kids can continue to breathe and stay safe,” McKoy said.
She says the entire special needs community is coming together to try and help each other get the supplies each family needs the most.
“We’re trying to put our resources together and say, I have this, what do you need? And try to work together,” she said.
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Katie spends most of her days worrying that her family and others in the same situation won’t be able to get what they need.
“It keeps me from sleeping at night, I can’t sleep, I can’t eat, I’m just terrified of what’s going to happen,” McKoy said.
It’s not the virus itself that makes her nervous, it’s what if her kids need help?
“My children are not necessarily at higher risk of contracting the virus according to the data, my children are at higher risk if they cannot access their health care providers,” she said. “If they get sick with something else or have another emergency.”
She says she understands that people want to do everything possible to keep their own families safe, but also to think of others in the queue.
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“If you want to get this under control, stay home. Stop having play dates, stop going to the park, stay home and follow what the CDC and our president and governor say,” said McKoy. “Listen to our leaders. Please. Your life depends on it and the lives of so many of these people depend on it.”
She says churches and local food banks are working to distribute the most-requested items to families who need them most – so if you have extra Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, distilled water or diapers – these are the places where families need it the most.
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