Monday, December 13, 2021
The New York Times reports that even through people in the US aged 65 and older are the "most" vaccinated of all age groups, they still comprise "three-quarters of the nation's coronavirus death toll." Of course, the impact has not been "just" in terms of the greater risk of serious illness and death. I think it is pretty clear there has been an age-related leveraging of fear and isolation with each news story that reports another surge in outbreaks.
One in 100 older Americans has died from the virus. For people younger than 65, that ratio is closer to 1 in 1,400.
The heightened risk for older people has dominated life for many, partly as friends and family try to protect them. “You get kind of forgotten,’’ said Pat Hayashi, 65, of San Francisco. “In the pandemic, the isolation and the loneliness got worse. We lost our freedom and we lost our services.”
In both sharp and subtle ways, the pandemic has amplified an existing divide between older and younger Americans.
COVID-19 is now "the third leading cause of death among Americans 65 and older, after heart disease and cancer. It is responsible for about 13 percent of all deaths in that age group since the beginning of 2020, more than diabetes, accidents, Alzheimer's disease or dementia."
For more, including the difficult choices some older adults have encountered, only to find that all their efforts failed to keep them safe, read the full NYT article, "As U.S. Nears 800,000 Virus Deaths, 1 in Every 100 Older Americans Has Perished."