Woman, 82, wears full-body cardboard shield to protect herself from coronavirus
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Woman, 82, wears full-body cardboard shield to protect herself from coronavirus

A creative woman has created a cardboard shield to protect herself from the deadly coronavirus.

Feridia Rojas, 82, from Havana, Cuba, decided to build and wear the shield herself to protect her from the virus, which is particularly deadly to the elderly in the country as personal protective equipment is not widely available.

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

The widower, whose daughters both live in the United States, said with no one to run her errands she had to find a way to do so safely by herself.



“I was worried about the asymptomatic cases who could cough just as I passed,” she said.

“So I thought: I’ll do a little house with a cardboard box and wear it.”

The retired Cuban nurse salvaged the box from the pharmacy in her Palatino neighbourhood and cut arm holes and a window for her face which she covered in clear plastic.



On top, she glued cake boxes to make it look more like a house with a roof than a flat-topped apartment building.

“She’s very creative,” chuckled her neighbour Zayda Echemendia, adding that Rojas still helped locals with injections at home and the like.

While her mobile home may be less necessary as Cuba’s outbreak appears to have come under control, Rojas said it still provided necessary comic relief.

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

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Pat Reaves
Pat Reaves writes for our World News section. Having spent his youth traveling from one country to another, Pat has incurred an education that is truly international in culture, academia, and language. His quick thinking and spontaneity has landed him in the sector where stories happen without any warning. He is an extremely patient and nurturing writer who lets a story take its course without interference and prejudice.

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