Kind-hearted residents offer older neighbours help with shopping so they can avoid coronavirus

A handwritten note appeared on a block of flats in Warsaw offering to help elderly neighbours with their shopping. Twitter

As elderly Poles are urged to watch out for the coronavirus, residents of one housing block have offered to buy groceries for their older neighbours.

The note, which appears to be taped to a notice board, features child-like drawings of a sun with a smiley face, a smiling woman waving her hand and a door with the number 77 written over it.

The note reads: “Dear Senior Neighbours! If you prefer not to leave the house in connection with the coronavirus, knock at number 77. We will gladly go shopping for you or go to the pharmacy.”Twitter

Signed simply “Neighbours from 77” the handwritten note reads: “Dear Senior Neighbours! 

“If you prefer not to leave the house in connection with the coronavirus, knock at number 77. 

Following the outbreaks in China, the coronavirus has spread to other countries, including to Poland, where there are 25 confirmed cases. Andrzej Grygiel/PAP

“We will gladly go shopping for you or go to the pharmacy.”

The note, which was shared on Twitter by a man based in Warsaw, added that neighbours who would like help should contact them after 5pm, it added.

So far there have been 25 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Poland. 

Minister of Health Łukasz Szumowski called for people to look after the elderly as they are in one of the high-risk categories. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Experts highlight that the risk depends on factors such as age and health, with the elderly and people who are already unwell the most vulnerable. 

These concerns have been echoed by the Polish authorities. “Here, a huge appeal for very high sensitivity during contact with the elderly. Let's protect them even more,” said Minister of Health Łukasz Szumowski. 

“An appeal also to elderly people to limit their activity in society. Stay away from large gatherings where potentially could be enough to infect,” he added.