Cuban dons full-body cardboard shield against coronavirus

HAVANA (Reuters) – Ever for the reason that novel coronavirus reached Cuba, a tall cardboard field with legs and arms might be seen tottering round a Havana suburb, popping into the bakery or butchers, or searching the newspaper stand.

This is Feridia Rojas, 82, who determined to construct and put on cellular housing to defend herself from the virus that’s notably lethal to seniors in a rustic the place private protecting tools shouldn’t be offered at shops.

“I am at home, what about you?” reads a message on her field, in a witty nod to Cuba’s coronavirus slogan “Stay at home.”

The widower, whose daughters each stay within the United States, stated that with nobody to run her errands she needed to discover a approach to take action safely by herself, illustrating the resourcefulness and humor for which Cubans are famend.

“I was worried about the asymptomatic cases who could cough just as I passed,” she stated. “So I thought: I’ll do a little house with a cardboard box and wear it.”

The retired Cuban nurse salvaged the field from the pharmacy in her Palatino neighborhood and lower arm holes and a window for her face that she lined in clear plastic.

On prime, she glued cake packing containers to make it look extra like a home with a roof than a flat-topped condominium constructing.

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“She’s very creative,” chuckled her neighbor Zayda Echemendia, including that Rojas nonetheless helped locals with injections at residence and the like.

While her cellular residence could also be much less needed as Cuba’s outbreak seems to have come underneath management, Rojas stated it nonetheless supplied needed comedian reduction.

“In the midst of this pandemic, this stress and anxiety all the time, my little home makes people laugh,” she stated.

Reporting by Reuters TV; Writing by Sarah Marsh; Editing by Richard Chang


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