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Aging / Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Elderly / Kindness & Compassion / Mask-wearing / Pandemic / Public Health

Coronavirus: Do old lives really matter?

Old lives matter if we cherish and protect them. But do we really cherish and protect them when there is a shortage of personal protective equipment and tests at nursing homes? Many have already died, but must even more die? Do old lives truly matter if our community doesn’t have a mask mandate or enforce … Continue reading

Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Mask-wearing / Pandemic

Coronavirus and the crazy sheriff

Nutty as it sounds, the sheriff in Ocala, Florida, has banned facemasks for his deputies in some on-duty circumstances. This comes at a time when his county had by the end of August 2020 recorded more than 8,400 confirmed cases and 170-plus deaths due to the coronavirus. Moreover, approximately 40 of the sheriff’s employees, including … Continue reading

Aging / Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Humor / Mask-wearing / Pandemic / Public Health

Coronavirus: I’m paranoid, but not paralyzed!

I’ve been on lockdown for over five months, so I’m entitled to a little paranoia. In fact, paranoia has become the norm. Stay home, public health officials say. Your age and underlying health conditions put you at high risk of contracting the deadly virus. If you do go out, they say, avoid closed-in spaces with … Continue reading

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Looking for the silver linings during the coronavirus

The pandemic raging out of control, with 5 million-plus infections and more than 160,000 deaths. Unrest in major cities still reeling from the death of George Floyd. And millions of Americans worried about the looming loss of unemployment benefits and the prospect of not paying their rent or mortgage or putting bread on the table. … Continue reading

Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Mask-wearing / Public Health / Social distancing

Be a supermarket hero: Wear your mask!

Some say they wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a mask in public. Some say it’s an issue of personal freedom. You know, a First Amendment argument. You can’t argue against ignorance, but what if our open-faced neighbors knew that wearing a mask could save the life of their favorite grocery cashier? More than 100 grocery … Continue reading

Aging / Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Friendship / Kindness / Pandemic

Phone chats take us out of isolation — if only for 24 minutes

I had just spent 24 minutes on the phone with my friend, a fellow baby boomer, when I saw the New York Times article on April 9. Americans are phoning in record numbers during this terrible pandemic. My friend had suffered numerous bouts with pneumonia and was cut off from her children and grandchildren to … Continue reading