An elderly from Cuba does her market errands while wearing a full-body cardboard suit as the COVID-19 cases continue to spike in the country.
Feridia Rojas, 82, designed and built her mobile housing whenever she goes outside to shield herself from contracting the virus.
Experts say older adults or elderlies have higher risks of experiencing severe illness from COVID-19. They may require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe, or they may even die.
Mrs. Rojas puts a message in her box saying, “I am at home, what about you?” following the Cuban government’s pandemic slogan to “Stay at home.”
The widower said she had to find ways to protect herself from the virus. She does not have anyone to ask to do errands in the household.
Both of her daughters currently live in the United States.
“I was worried about the asymptomatic cases who could cough just as I passed,” she said during the interview.
“So, I thought I’ll do a little house with a cardboard box and wear it.”
Mrs. Rojas, a retired nurse, got her box from the nearby pharmacy and cut arm holes and a window for her face that she covered in clear plastic.
She also put cake boxes on top to make it look more like a house with a roof than a flat-topped apartment building.
“In the midst of this pandemic, this stress and anxiety all the time, my little home makes people laugh,” she said.