A WOMAN has issued a heartfelt plea after spotting a “tearful” elderly couple who were too afraid to leave their car due to coronavirus fears.
Athlete Rebecca Mehra, from Oregon, was out shopping when she was called over to a car by a woman and her husband who had been sitting there for 45 minutes.
She shared on Twitter: “I walked over and found an elderly woman and her husband.
"She cracked her window open a bit more, and explained to me nearly in tears that they are afraid to go in the store.
"Afraid to get sick as they are in their 80’s and hear that the novel coronavirus is affecting older people disproportionately.
"And that they don’t have family around to help them out. Through the crack in the window she handed me a $100 (£79) bill and a grocery list, and asked if I would be willing to buy her groceries.”
Rebecca said she bought the groceries and placed them in the car and gave back the change.
She continued: "She told me she had been sitting in the car for nearly 45 min before I had arrived, waiting to ask the right person for help.
"I know it’s a time of hysteria and nerves, but offer to help anyone you can. Not everyone has people to turn to."
Her story clearly struck a chord with online users and has racked up over 75,000 retweets and over 410,000 likes.
Many people were quick to praise the athlete for her act of kindness during this uncertain time.
One person wrote: “Thanks for this. I’m going to knock on some neighbors doors tonight to see who needs a grocery store run.”
Another added: “Thank you. Kindness matters.”
The story comes as millions of Brits have been sent home from work to cut the spread of coronavirus.
This week, Boris Johnson warned many people will lose loved ones in the coming months and told those with symptoms to self-isolate.
New advice for coronavirus
- If you have mild symptoms, stay at home for seven days
- Ask employers, friends and family to get you things you need to stay at home
- Stay at least two metres away from people in your home when possible
- Sleep alone if you can
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds
- Stay away from the elderly and others with health conditions
- Don't call NH111 if you have to go into self-isolation – just online services instead
Boris also said the government believed 10,000 Brits may already be infected and the peak of the outbreak is still weeks away.
The Government yesterday told anyone with a mild cough or temperature to stay at home for seven days following a COBRA meeting – as the total number of UK cases hit 596, with 10 deaths.
In a drastic move, the United States will now bar entry from 26 European countries, except the UK and Ireland, for a month – as cases in the US exceed 1,200 with at least 37 deaths.
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Italy has closed all shops apart from food stores and pharmacies, and Denmark has shut schools too.
The spread of the virus is predicted to peak shortly over Easter with around 50 per cent of infections expected to come within a three-week period.
Testing will be escalated to around 10,000 people every day as the virus grips the nation.
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