Reach out to help make a senior citizen’s day

During this time of social distancing, our senior citizens could use a friendly 'hello.'

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Opinion

March 30, 2020 - 9:43 AM

A police officer chats with a homebound senior citizen while doing a senior-citizen check Friday. During the COVID-19 pandemic, more seniors are self-isolating, which can lead to depression. Photo by Joshua A. Bickel/Dispatch

The new coronavirus has challenged our nation on many fronts, from hospital preparedness to relearning the basics of personal hygiene. But one of the perhaps unexpected challenges has been the burden that it places upon the elderly and infirm.

While the data about infection and complication risk remain sketchy — as an entirely new disease, the coronavirus is forcing scientists to work overtime — we’ve seen that it exacts a disproportionate toll on older and sicker populations. These folks, while needing to social distance and look after themselves carefully, may face real challenges in doing so.

So the duty falls to us.

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