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

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

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

Building Harmony / Coronavirus / COVID-19 / Generosity / Kindness / Pandemic / Unity

Coronavirus: Corporate heroes deserve patronage

What do the nation’s airlines and Burger King have in common? They are among the selfless companies helping America in time of need – during the throes of the coronavirus. The airlines, including JetBlue, United and Delta, transported volunteer doctors and nurses free of charge to the worst COVID–19 hot spots in America – New … Continue reading

Coronavirus / COVID-19 / First Amendment / Pandemic / Politics / Public Health

Coronavirus — My money’s on Germany, New Zealand & South Korea

As the administration waffled on the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak, other countries acted swiftly and decisively to protect the health and well-being of their citizens and have managed to keep the death rate down dramatically. Widespread testing, business closings and restrictions on everyday interactions were put into place, and these leaders never backtracked or … Continue reading

Aging / Coronavirus / Humor / Pandemic / Quirky / Social distancing

Coronavirus — The sneeze heard ‘round my world

I entered the small post office branch on a lazy Sunday afternoon in late March. It looked deserted. Lucky me, I thought, since I’m freaking out over the coronavirus. Maybe I could get in and out without getting infected. I wore gloves but no mask. (CDC advisory had not yet changed.) But I wasn’t alone … Continue reading